JONESBORO, AR - Officials with the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management are contacting school districts administrators throughout the county this afternoon, warning them of the threat of extreme severe weather.
According to Westside District Superintendent Dr. James Best, part of the reason for concern is because the storms are expected to strike locally around 3:00 to 3:30 p.m., the same time that most local schools dismiss classes for the day. That could make for a dangerous situation as school buses begin running their routes and parents and caretakers arrive at campuses to pick up students.
Most schools in the Memphis and Shelby County metro area dismissed early today because of the severe weather threat.
According to Best, Westside administrators are "monitoring today's weather developments while simultaneously planning and taking precautionary measures to protect its students, staff and visitors. At this time, the school is proceding normally." However, Best says "if weather conditions warrant, students may be held at school at the regular time of dismissal until conditions improve for their safety. District buses will not leave until it is determined that they can safely transport students home."