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Central Arkansas schools dismiss early

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This article was originally published February 7, 2014 at 7:12 a.m. Updated February 7, 2014 at 11:24 a.m.

Winter weather threat closes schools early

The threat of snow on Friday afternoon forced all school districts in Pulaski County to dismiss early on Friday. (By David Harten)
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The North Little Rock, Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts said Friday that they will dismiss classes early because of snow in the forecast for the afternoon.

North Little Rock elementary schools plan to dismiss at noon; middle schools will dismiss at 12:45 p.m.; and high schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m., district spokesman Shara Brazear said. The district also canceled athletic and extracurricular activities for Friday and Saturday.

The following offices will close at 2 p.m.: administration, administrative annex, athletic, maintenance and food service, Brazear said.

The Little Rock School District will dismiss elementary schools at 1:15 p.m. and secondary schools at 2:30 p.m., the district said.

The Pulaski County Special district said it will let out all students one hour before their regular dismissal times.

The National Weather Service has called for light snow starting at 1 p.m., and a winter weather advisory goes into effect at 3 p.m. for a large swath of the state that includes central Arkansas, bringing with it the possibility for between 1/2 inch and 2-3 inches of snow.

The Little Rock and North Little Rock school districts both said Friday morning that officials were watching the weather closely and will dismiss class if the weather warrants it. The districts will update ParentLink, Facebook and Twitter with updates in that case, officials added.

Find a full list of weather-related closings here.

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Murphy01 says... February 7, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.

Typical over reaction to what will probably turn out to be a non event. Tell me this, why do they not delay/ cancel school when possible tornados are forcast?

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95Dakota says... February 7, 2014 at 12:09 p.m.

I glad I don't have to make that decision. Call off school, tons of phone calls from irate parents and second-guessing all around. Or worse, let kids get stranded at school or get hurt when their bus slides into a ditch. I don't think there's a third choice.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... February 7, 2014 at 12:16 p.m.

Thank God they decided error on the side of safety.....
Even if no snow falls, the chance that our children COULD be put in harms way is worth closing the schools early.....PERIOD

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PenLR says... February 7, 2014 at 1:13 p.m.

I understand being cautious but closing before the first snowflake falls in Central Arkansas is overreacting.

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HalALouyah says... February 7, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.

Gives plenty of time to pick up bread and alcohol; wait, all of the bread and alcohol in the LR area is sold out due to the impending blizzard conditions.

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Pobucker says... February 7, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

Damned when they do and damned when they don't. I feel for them.

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HalALouyah says... February 7, 2014 at 2:44 p.m.

You are right Po; plus 1-2 hours isn't a big deal at all

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NoUserName says... February 7, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.

'Big deal' is a matter of perspective. And the afterschool care was cancelled to. So, we lost an employee - with an hours notice mind you - integral to the work we had scheduled this afternoon. So yes, it is a big deal. Incidentally, I don't see any snow yet.

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Jfish says... February 7, 2014 at 3:33 p.m.

Well, you know this is Arkansas, the land of weather embellishment.

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GrimReaper says... February 7, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.

This global warming is getting serious............

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