Alabama school districts fire early, cancel extracurricular activities, move to remote learning Thursday


BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) – School districts across our region have important decisions to make Thursday to keep your children safe as the inclement weather heads this way. Many are calling for early layoffs, no extracurricular activities and distance learning.

At this time, schools in the town of Bessemer have only canceled after-school activities, but that could change at any time. School officials said they are working hard to make sure your children are safe tomorrow.

“We are just in a great position to call the school and ask students and employees to participate in remote learning if necessary, but if the weather is so bad that we cannot do it, obviously we will not put people’s lives in danger.” said the Superintendent of Schools for the town of Bessemer, Dr. Autumm Jeter.

According to Jeter, she and her staff are already in constant communication, monitoring possible conditions long before they strike. She said superintendents in the Birmingham area are receiving continuous updates – passed on from county EMA offices to ensure they have the best information and can make the safest call for their students.

“Our cable/weather news will stay on all day, and we’ll make decisions based on the official weather reports that we receive as superintendents and go from there,” Jeter said.

According to Jeter, if bad weather has the potential to hit here at 3 p.m., the district will likely dismiss the kids early. But for now, only after the cancellation of school activities.

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