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Some parents confused by Wednesday school closures

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BATON ROUGE - Reed Ugalde and Gannon Wood would be in school on any other Wednesday morning but today it was cancelled.

"We're out of school and we don't really have anything to do, so we're just fishing," said Ugalde, a middle school student at Central Middle.

Possible inclement weather from Tropical Storm Harvey prompted all of the districts to close school, but not all parents agree with the decision

"I mean... it's not raining," Our Lady of Mercy parent Heather LeBlanc said. "It doesn't look like any major weather is heading this way, and it didn't sound like it last night when I watched the news. So I was honestly quite shocked."

LeBlanc and her two kids planned to pass the day at the Knock, Knock museum but even it was being extra cautious.

"We were headed out to the Knock, Knock museum because it's obviously not raining and we could do stuff today, but it's closed," she said.

On the other hand, some parents think the closure was a good idea.

"I'd rather be safe than sorry," Valerie Loolara explained. "I was worried about the weather. I got really scared."

And that's a sentiment Central Superintendent Michael Faulk doesn't take lightly.

"People I know in Ascension Parish and Livingston Parish, East Baton Rouge, Central, Baker, and Zachary are still very anxious with what happened a year ago, and you've got to take that in to consideration," he said.

Faulk says the decision to close school was agreed upon by all districts after carefully watching weather reports and consulting with emergency management.

"When we made the decision for today, there were threats of tornados, early morning heavy rain, and bands of rain throughout the day that could be heavy."

As of Wednesday afternoon, most school systems in the area have announced plans to reopen for Thursday.


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