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The following is a statement from Madison Schools Superintendent of Education Dr. Dee Fowler regarding today’s decision to release students early problems associated with getting students home.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
What an adventure today! One that I hope we NEVER have to repeat. I have received several emails stating that we missed the mark on the weather today. I agree wholeheartedly!!!! But if you want to email and tell me that we were wrong I will understand. WE DID MISS THE MARK. The weather information that we received midmorning stated that the worst of the bad weather would be arriving between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. Therefore, we decided to dismiss our last schools at 1:00 p.m. which would allow our bus routes to be completed before the worst arrived. This information was given to Madison County and Huntsville Schools too. They made the same dismissal decision. What happened? We let out at the worst possible time. In hindsight, we realize our decision was not the best choice. Had we known the outcome we would have cancelled school or waited and dismissed at regular time.
We had some real heroes today; school administrators and bus drivers going the extra mile, and we had some folks that made decisions that were not in line with our procedures. I have even learned that we had a bus driver that let students out of the bus to walk home. That is not acceptable.
We will certainly take this whole dismissal experience, study it and try to learn from our mistakes.