Superintendent of Schools George Arlotto released the following statement today regarding the decision to open schools on time:
“The decision to open, close, or delay the opening of schools is complex and one which I do not take lightly. This morning, after receiving data and recommendations from staff, I made the decision based on the information that I had available at the time. I am sorry that the day ultimately played out the way it did, and I fully understand the frustration of our parents, students, and employees.
Had I known what I know now, there is no question that I would have made a different decision. The obligation and responsibility we have to take prudent measures to help ensure the safety of our students and staff are paramount, and they play a huge role in everything we do.
We have had many discussions today and will continue to have discussions about ways to improve the process of weather-related decisions. No process we can construct will be perfect, but I pledge to our parents, students, and employees that we will take whatever steps we can to make sure that process is as close to perfect as possible.”