As winter weather continues to impact Cache Valley, many parents were left wondering why schools remained opened after recent storms. “Our most important consideration is the safety of our employees and our students,” Logan City School District Communications Specialist Shana Longhurst said in response to those concerns. Cache County and Logan City School Districts work as teams closely monitoring the weather as well as road conditions and other factors to determine whether or not to close schools, start late or let students leave school early. “It’s about an exact science as predicting the weather is,” CCSD Transportation Department Supervisor Wayne Reese said. “We try to gather as much information as we can.” Reese said the transportation department closely monitors weather sources but pays particular attention to the National Weather Service, taking into consideration factors such as snowfall, temperature, wind and the timing of the storm. Once the department gathers weather information, they get in contact with city, county and state road crews to determine if they will have enough time to clear the roads and make it possible for students and staff to make it safely to school. “What we are concerned is that we should make the students safe. As you can imagine, it’s difficult to make a decision that fits all 18,000 of our students’ situation,” CCSD Public Information Officer Tim Smith said. The districts attempt to inform parents whether it will be a normal school day, a late start or a snow day by 6 a.m. so parents can make the best decision based on their circumstance. Both districts recognize there may be some local circumstances where parents might decide to keep their children home due to concerns of safety. If parents decide to keep their children home due to weather-related issues, the absence will be excused, and the teachers will work with the students to make up assignments.