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School official announces plans for weather closings

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - School closings or delays caused by weather will be announced through local radio and television stations, according to the assistant to the superintendent for the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp.

"Every year weather or other problems can cause us to delay school opening, dismiss school early or close school entirely," Bruce Chinn said in a news release provided to The News Tuesday. "When this happens, we rely heavily on the news media to help us notify our parents, students and staff of impending changes to the school day. We realize any change ... can cause problems for everyone and that is why we recommend that families make plans now."

Students must know what they're to do if their school closes, he stressed.

Officials involved in a decision to close make every attempt to announce it the evening before or by 6 a.m. the day of the closing, Chinn said in the release. Information is passed to radio stations WTCJ, 1230 AM; WLME, 102.9 FM and WAXL, 103.3 FM. Evansville television stations WTVW, WEHT, WEVV and WFIE get the word, as do Louisville stations WLKY and WDRB.

Chinn asks that parents not call school offices to ask about closings or delays.

"All this will do is block the phone lines coming into the building and prevent us from notifying the media, bus drivers, local authorities and the other agencies that need to know about these changes," he said. "The best thing you can do is make plans for these situations and go over them with your child or children."