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Jefferson County Schools discuss changes following snow storm

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL - When the snow storm hit on January 28, thousands of students were stranded at school. Most schools systems in our area missed three days because of the snow storm.

The superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, Dr. Stephen Nowlin, spoke out about the struggles of that snow storm and the changes the system has made since then.

Jefferson County was one of the first school systems to dismiss classes the day the snow storm hit. But there were still many students and teachers who were left stranded at schools. Jefferson county had about 1,000 students who had to stay overnight on January 28th.

Dr. Nowlin says teachers and administrators did a great job under the circumstances. He also says they've made some changes to help prevent that from happening again.

One change is utilizing the schools systems text capabilities. When decisions are made concerning the opening or closing of schools, Jefferson County has a system in place to alert parents through text message.

Another change is relying on other schools systems. Dr. Nowlin says when a weather event threatens, they plan on contacting schools systems that might be affected earlier so they can know what to expect.

Dr. Nowlin says these changes have already helped the school system respond more efficiently to weather events.

"We've cut down on our response time. We can let out a little sooner. We can get the message out a little faster. And we're monitoring more widely than we have before to improve our responses."

Jefferson County, and other schools systems that missed days because of the snow storm will not be required to make those days up.

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