There was no snow in sight as students left Robert Frost Elementary, but four to eight inches is expected to hit the Sioux Falls area between now and tomorrow morning, a forecast not lost on parents with kids in the district.
"That's what they've been saying for the past couple of days, so it doesn't surprise me. I don't know, I guess the snow doesn't surprise me," Megan Konz said.
It's not a surprise to administrators either. They've been tracking this system since Wednesday.
"We knew we had some out-of-town trips planned, all-day trips, and we were trying to determine if they could get back or not, so we made the call on that last night," Todd Vik said.
After making that decision, district officials re-grouped today to see whether anything in the forecast had changed.
When they learned it wasn't going to get any better, they made the call to let students out early.
"It was going to start getting pretty rough between that 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., more between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. To get the bus drivers in, to call school off an hour early, we had to make that decision right around 11:00 a.m," Vik said.
Phone calls and emails went out to parents. Megan Konz's phone rang shortly after noon. It was a call she didn't expect.
"Yeah, a little bit. I guess it surprised me when I got the phone call," Konz said.
While the decision may have come as a surprise for some, student safety is something everyone agrees on.
"We thought if we could get those busses all done between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. instead of between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., we might avoid the rush at the end of the day and get kids home safe," Vik said.
As far as tomorrow is concerned, Vik says they'll see if they can made a call on whether school is delayed by around 10 p.m. Thursday. If there is no decision then, they'll re-group Friday morning to hopefully have a decision before 5 a.m.