Schools dismiss early as winter weather moves in

Noblesville, Wash. Township schools dismiss early

INDIANAPOLIS - Some school officials decided it was best to dismiss students early Monday as the latest round of freezing rain and snow moved into central Indiana.

Around 9,800 students in the Noblesville Schools district were dismissed two hours early. High school students were informed earlier in the morning that there would be a departure from the regular schedule.

"I think it was a good idea because there are a lot of bad teenage drivers. It wouldn't be safe for us to be driving. I thought it was a good idea to be let out early," sophomore Sophia Morgan said.

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Anita Snyder arrived at the school to pick up her husband who teaches at the school. She agreed with the decision to dismiss students early.

"When you hear you get a little worried. You can drive through snow but ice is a completely different story … safe side is better especially where ice is concerned," Snyder said.

Kamon Meadows was glad school was dismissed early, but the weather also affected his afterschool activities at the Boys & Girls Club.

"Even they shortened their hours, we are only open to six tonight because of the weather," Meadows said.

In Indianapolis, officials with Metropolitan School District of Washington Township also decided to dismiss students an hour early.

Washington Township employs 140 buses and transports 9,000 students.

"These decisions are extremely tough. We are obviously going up against forecasts and predictions, so we have to make our best educated decisions from all facets of this large organization," Superintendent Nikki Woodson said.

All afternoon and evening activities at the schools were canceled, but school officials expected classes to resume at normal times on Tuesday.

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