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Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Chatham County, NC - Due to an area weather front, Chatham County Schools will be closed for students on February 1. The day will be an optional teacher workday for employees.
Any time there is an inclement weather forecast, Chatham County Schools has a team of staff that works together prior to potential inclement weather coming into the area to prepare in case a school system status change is necessary. Staff monitors the NOAA radar several days in advance and stays in contact with NCDOT personnel, surrounding school systems, Chatham County Emergency Operations, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office, and Progress Energy.
Typically, a group of staff spreads out across the county to check areas that tend to freeze first shortly before and during the time the weather service predicts precipitation may begin. These individuals stay in contact via cell phone and from the combined observations, Superintendent Ann Hart makes the final decision to leave school open, delay, or close.
Chatham County Schools utilizes several communication methods to notify families and employees of school closings or delays. These include announcements on the district website, on a bilingual weather line at the central office (919.542.3626, ext. 500), via the news media (radio & television stations), and through the Instant Alert™ for Schools rapid communication system.