WVDE Website Offers Up-To-The-Minute School Announcements

January 26, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. – A record number of parents, education officials and students visited the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) website during the most recent flurry of winter storms. More than 130,000 hits were made to the website on Thursday, January 20, alone, the day before a storm dumped more than six inches of snow on West Virginia roads and highways. The number of daily hits on the WVDE’s site averages 30,000 on any given day, but with inclement weather, the number soars.  

“We encourage all parents and educators to subscribe to the email notifications or visit the website for the most up-to-date information,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “The emails are posted by the counties once the decision is made and can alert parents as to when their child’s schools will be delayed or dismissed early, allowing them time to plan appropriately. Many times, the emails arrive sooner than hearing the announcements on television or radio.”  

When the snow begins to fall, parents, students and education officials need to be kept informed about their schools. During the winter storm, many West Virginia students were dismissed early and many schools remained closed when snow peppered the roads and highways, making transportation dangerous.  

Concerned parents, students and educators can log on to the website and learn if schools will be delayed, cancelled or dismissed early by visiting http://wvde.state.wv.us/. They may also sign up to receive email notifications with up-to-the-minute information.  

To sign up to receive the email alerts, visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/closings/instructions.html There, the subscriber may select for which county(s) he/she wishes to receive information.  

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