Oklahoma City superintendent apologizes for late school cancellation notice

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bus stop forecast calling for below freezing wind chills was no surprise for parents across Oklahoma City.

However, Daesha Brooks was shocked when she found out school was cancelled.

She says she was almost out the door when she heard the news.

Brooks said, “I was about to do her hair and then my momma’s boyfriend answered the phone and he was like, ‘The school is closed! I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me?”

Superintendent Dave Lopez apologized for the unusually late notice but says he’d rather be safe than sorry.

“Getting the word out was not as crisp as it should have been,” says Lopez. “It’s a disruption and I know it’s an inconvenience but I’d much rather be criticized for that than anything that could seriously hurt a child.”

Oklahoma City was the only metro district to make that decision.

Officials say their district has so many students who walk or ride the bus to school who could be in danger in the extreme cold.

That late decision left a lot of parents scrambling to figure out what to do with their little ones this morning.

The Boys and Girls Club was one option for many families.

They were surprised to have a full house today.

Jane Sutter, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, says, “We’re here for them. They’re having a good time. It just extends their break a little bit more, so I guess it’s okay.”

But most kids say they were ready to go back after the long break.

Brooks understands the district has her daughter’s safety in mind but says the decision should have been made earlier with below freezing temperatures predicted days ago.

“Don’t wait until the last-minute,” says Brooks. “We were up, ready to go.”

Daeshionna Arnold, Brooks’ daughter, said, “I’m ready to go back to school!”

Many districts were still not back in session but Edmond Schools, who decided to go ahead with classes today, says many of their students are driven to school by parents or a guardian.