WATAUGA COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - As the first snow of the season passes by in the mountains, Watauga County schools encourage parents and families to prepare for inclement road conditions and serious weather advisories.
Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott says winter weather often forces changes to bus routes and schedules.
“We realize that school schedule changes have a big effect on families.” Elliott said. We want parents to understand how we make and announce our decisions in response to inclement weather.”
According to Elliott, the decision to cancel school must be based on conditions across the entire county, which can vary.
“Our buses and student drivers travel over roads ranging from around 1,900 feet of elevation to over 5,500 feet. There will be days when families living in areas with clear roads will wonder why schools are closed. However, we operate as a unified school system, and we have to make a decision based on what is safe for families throughout the county and for our student drivers at the high school.”
You can find more information about Watauga County Schools inclement weather procedures at wataugaschools.org.