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Districts video chat to decide on school closing

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—Whenever a storm is on the way school district officials watch closely; they have to determine whether to go ahead or cancel classes.

Randy Nelson, La Crosse Superintendent said he's usually up about 3:30 a.m. looking at the weather.

By 4:30 a.m. he expects to hear from the bus company about if they think they can get children to school safely and on time.

After he talks about buses, he video messages superintendents from Onalaska, Holmen and West Salem.

They talk about what they're seeing and what they anticipate the weather to be like for the rest of the day.

Then they make their decisions, usually together.

"Our school districts are relatively close geographically but there are differences when it comes to county roads and country roads and conditions of roads on hills," Nelson said. "Sometimes weather is very different on the top of the ridge than it is in the City of La Crosse."

Nelson said even if school is open for the day if parents aren't comfortable with the roads they keep their child at home.

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