MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Schools across the Tennessee Valley let out early Monday in light of a severe weather event threatening the area, even though the timeframe of when the severity will strike different places in the Valley varies.
Monday morning Guntersville City Schools Superintendent Dale Edwards listens to the Marshall County EMA’s latest update on the storms.
It’s a conference call between the EMA and all the other superintendents in the county.
Those calls happen frequently during a severe weather event, because the decision to close schools or let out early is heavily based on what the EMA and the weather service predict.
“In Guntersville we decided a three-hour early dismissal would allow us time to run our busses and get all of our students picked up and get them home,” Edwards says.
Albertville, Boaz, Arab, and Marshall County schools let out early as well.
Even though predictions put the storms in Marshall County later Monday evening, officials say it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to students’ safety.
The superintendents were in touch with the EMA all throughout the weekend in order to make the decision to close schools early. “After hearing all that yesterday and looking at what the possibilities might be we decided we needed to make the decision,” Edwards says.
They’ll continue to work with the EMA to decide if schools should be closed or let out early again on Tuesday.
Edwards says some schools in the system were supposed to be issuing a state test Monday, but he says that has been pushed up until Wednesday when the severe weather is expected to dissipate.