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Fort Worth ISD officials meet to plan on handling winter weather

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School districts are keeping a close eye on the weather, and Fort Worth ISD officials met to talk about contingency plans Wednesday.

School officials know that slippery streets can pose a threat for everyone on the roads.

"That's obviously a safety concern when you have buses on the road with children in them and you have Mom and Dad on the road trying to get kids to school," said Clint Bond, a Fort Worth ISD spokesman.

Fort Worth ISD has 80,000 students, and the district says closing the district for bad weather is like closing a small city.

"Mom and Dad may have to go to work…suddenly have to find places for the kids to stay," said Bond. "They either have to get a daycare, find other family members to take care of them, make arrangements for them to stay home."

The district says that any decision to close or delay schools is only done with a lot of thought and planning.

"Make a plan now that if school does have to close, that you have a place for your children to go that's safe and warm and in case you have to go to work," said Bond.

For Dallas and other North Texas school districts, the drill is pretty much the same -- they won't close school unless they have to, and say that they won't compromise safety, no matter what.

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