Rick Doll was the only Douglas County superintendent who decided not to cancel school Wednesday.
In keeping classes in session, Doll said, he and other Lawrence school administrators simply followed protocol. The decision-making starts about 4 a.m., when administrators and a bus company representative drive city and county roads, and walk sidewalks to determine whether they’re safe.
The district doesn’t rely on weather forecasts to call school off the night before because they could be inaccurate.
“If we would have done that this time, we would have been surprised that those 8 to 10 inches or whatever they predicted never showed up,” Doll said.
Doll said that administrators were somewhat concerned about the cold temperatures and wind chill.
“We typically do not call school off for temperature,” he said, “because if you think people can’t decide what a proper amount of snow is to call school off, then try to get agreement on temperature.”
Doll did emphasize that parents could keep their children home if they thought it was unsafe or too cold.