Fort Payne School System One of Dozens to Dismiss Early

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Most schools ended early, before a single snowflake fell.

Administrators did not want to take any chances that roads could become icy, repeating that classic caution, better safe than sorry.

Long lines of parents were back at Fort Payne school, not long after dropping their kids off.

Tim Meadows had no complaints about school ending while there was only rain.

"I think for the kids' safety and everything, let them out early, let them get home and enjoy the weather," he said as he waited for his child to get done for the day.

School officials began preparing Wednesday afternoon for a possible early dismissal.

"We looked at of course what [WHNT News 19 meteorologists] were saying on the weather and decided that weather would be coming in here this afternoon so we wanted to make sure we got our buses on the road and students home before the roads were impacted," superintendent Jim Cunningham said.

The school system has 3,000 students, and the superintendent said it takes 90 minutes to two hours for buses to get all their riders home.

With snow projected as early as 1 p.m., Cunningham said that meant letting out at 11 a.m.

"Really we're more worried about the morning," he said.

"If we do get weather, will it cause freezing situations on the road for the morning?"

Fort Payne City Schools are currently scheduled to start class two hours late Friday.

Early Dismissal in Fort Payne

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