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How school officials decide whether to have early release due to weather

Altoona (WQOW) -

Many area schools closed early on Monday due to the icy conditions on the roads around the Chippewa Valley.

News 18 spoke with the Altoona School District to find out what their protocol is when it comes to calling school early because of severe weather.

Interim Superintendent, Mike Markgren, told News 18 the school's officials work with the busing system, Student Transit, before they make decision for early dismissal. Markgren said Student Transit's safety operator will go out and check the road conditions. Student Transit will then offer their suggestions to both the Altoona and Eau Claire school districts about the safety of the roads.

Markgren said he also communicates with surrounding public school districts before making the call to dismiss early.

"We usually work together, I will text Jill from Fall Creek and Heidi from Chippewa and we kind of all make the decision together. On a typical day if some type of weather is coming, I can be up as early as 4 a.m. and I'll be texting that group to see what they are thinking," Markgren said.

Markgren said there are enough hours scheduled throughout the school year that students won't have to make up Monday's early release hours.

To stay up to date on school closings, check out school closings section on the News 18 website. 

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