The Little Rock School District (LRSD) this morning announced that due to unpredictable winter weather patterns all schools will remain under an inclement weather closing for the remainder of the 2014 fall semester effective immediately.
The move comes as a large arctic weather pattern brought over a quarter inch of snow to the Little Rock area this morning. Meteorologists say the weather pattern is expected to stay in place through mid-December.
“We really have no choice but to shut it all down and hope for the best in 2015,” LRSD superintendent Dexter Suggs tells us. “We can’t risk the possibility of kids being stranded at schools across the city for days due to a possibility an inch or less of snow.”
LRSD says they apologize for the inconvenience to parents, but says that they will plan to re-open counseling services for parents struggling with the extended closures as well as 25% off coupons for wine at Colonial Wine and Spirits.
The school district says that the school year will likely extend through June to make up for the missed days, and is considering a more permanent change to help with frequent weather problems in the future.
“After multiple winter weather issues last year and now an early snow fall we are re-evaluating the school calendar,” Suggs says. “The plan we are looking at would have the district close following the Thanksgiving holiday and reopen sometime in mid-February as long as the ground hog does not sees his shadow”
LRSD says that parents upset about the closer are encouraged to call newly elected Senator Tom Cotton at 501.313.2914 because it is his fault now.