County schools change early dismissal times

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By The Staff

The Lancaster County School District has upgraded the times that classes will be dismissed early today, Feb. 11.

Elementary schools will now dismiss at 10 a.m. instead of 10:30 a.m., and middle and high schools will dismiss at 11 a.m. instead of 11:30 a.m.

The update was issued just before 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.   

"The amount of snowfall we're getting this morning makes us believe we need to get buses on the roads earlier than we planned,"  said Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moores. "We want to do everything we can to make sure students get home safely."

School officials announced plans to send students home early about 5:30 a.m. based on weather conditions that are anticipated later today.

“The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Lancaster County, and the service also predicts a 90 percent chance of snow and freezing precipitation for our county,” Moore said. "After carefully monitoring forecasts and consulting with weather officials and law enforcement, we believe making the decision to announce an early dismissal is the prudent step to take. The early dismissal will give buses time to get students home before road conditions are dangerous.”

On a normal school day, buses don’t finish routes until 5:30 p.m. or later.

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