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W.Va. Web site eases access to school-closings lists

January 31, 2000

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Busy parents in Berkeley and Jefferson counties now have one more way to check on school closings for their children - the World Wide Web.

The West Virginia Department of Education has launched a Web site that lists school closings and delays due to inclement weather.

The site, which officially debuts today, has been up for about a week on a trial basis, according to state schools spokeswoman Kim Lawrence.

The site is: http://wvde.state.wv.us/closings.

Participating counties have been given access to the state web site and can input information about closings and delays as soon as decisions have been made, Lawrence said.

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Nicholas County, for instance, posted its decision to close schools today on Monday afternoon, Lawrence said.

Lawrence said the site gives parents one more option for getting information on their children's' schools.

"In case they don't get on to the television or hear it on the radio, they can click on her and get it instantly," she said.

About 25 counties have signed on, including Berkeley and Jefferson. Morgan County is not yet participating, Lawrence said.

"By taking about one minute to enter information in the WVDE database, participating county school systems can provide immediate, on-demand school closings/delays information to millions connected to the World Wide Web," state schools Superintendent Henry Marockie said in a statement.

- Brendan Kirby

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