APS weighs delays, closings on Friday

Posted at: 12/05/2013 7:08 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Students at Albuquerque Public Schools could get a day off or a late start – maybe.

After the district called for a voluntary early dismissal on Thursday, staff said it’s too early to determine a plan for Friday.

“It's a really serious decision and a very difficult one to make,” district communications spokesperson Monica Armenta said.  “There isn't an aspect of life in Albuquerque that isn't impacted by Albuquerque Public Schools. In fact, everybody sort of waits for us -- employers wait to see if they're going to let their employees go home early based on the decisions we make.”

She said district staff consults with road crews and weather experts, including KOB forecaster Steve Stucker.

On Friday, Armenta said district transportation personnel will work in concert with emergency responders to assess road conditions and temperatures.  By no later 5:30 a.m., she said they’ll know if they should cancel or delay classes.

If parents had their children leave from school early on Thursday it will count as an excused absence, according to the district.

Armenta said parents cannot routinely dismiss their children from school.

“We have truancy issues in this district and so excused and unexcused absences are a big deal,” she said.