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Bay County Superintendent Husfelt Explains Reason for Late Closure to Employees

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We've heard from many parents on social media that are upset about the way the school closure was handled by Bay District Schools. Here is a break down of the emails we received from the district Wednesday morning.

At 6:18 a.m. News 13 received an email saying that, "Bay's schools are open and will operate as usual. 
As always, parents should make the decisions they feel necessary for the care and safety of their children."

Then at 7:19 a.m. we received this, "Superintendent Bill Husfelt just canceled all classes today due to road closures that will interfere with bus transportation. All 12-month employees should report to work."

News 13 has also obtained a copy of an email sent by Superintendent Bill Husfelt to employees at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"I thought that all of you needed to know why I decided so late to close schools this morning.  Student safety is always paramount, and rain is a common problem in our area, just not the kind we are experiencing today.

Very early this morning as we were all monitoring the forecast, the rain was apparent, but the side effects were not.  As the morning progressed, schools began to lose power and more roads were being reported as closed, roads that usually do not cause us problems on a large scale.  This changed within a span of about 30 minutes during one of the heaviest storms.  In addition, the forecast changed ... a break about 8 a.m. was expected, but then it changed.  Also, the forecast for the rest of the day has now led us to believe that more roads will be closed later and my concern turned to being able to get students out of the schools and back home.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we all navigate today and the weather."

Mr. Husfelt will be speaking to News 13 on this issue soon.