Friday morning's commute was horrible for motorists after a quick moving storm left roadways icy. Parents of students who attend Frederick County Public Schools were upset too, after school officials did not delay the opening.
Dr. Terry Alban, the Superintendent, issued an apology saying she was faced with a difficult decision because the storm hit after school buses had already left. "I think for me the bright spot in all of this today is the incredible work of our bus drivers. As professionals, every one of our buses arrived safely at school. Everyone of our children arrived safely, and that is the most important thing," she said.
Alban said at five a.m. when her staff assessed the roads everything was clear. "Our decisions are only as good as the information that we have at the moment," said Alban. In a press release issued she stated:
"We faced a difficult decision this morning about whether to open schools on time. Indeed, we’ve faced several difficult weather-related decisions over the last couple of weeks. In this case, we acknowledge a delay would have been a better course of action. At 5 AM, no other counties immediately surrounding us were reporting delays. There was no information available at that time from county sources or weather services that would suggest a delay was warranted. Then, due to a late and rapidly moving weather system, a quick flurry of snow came. As road conditions changed, our professionally trained drivers exercised great caution to get students safely to school. Nevertheless, we recognize that many of our families and employees faced difficulty, concern, and inconvenience because of the decision to open schools on time – and we apologize."
She said fortunately, there were no injuries. "There was one bus that was scratched when a utility vehicle slid into it. It was a very, very unexpected situation, but I am grateful that everyone made it to school safely," said Alban.