Wake County Schools

Keeping students in the loop, tweet by tweet

Posted February 11

The state’s largest school system kept students, staff and others in the weather loop Tuesday night, tweet by tweet.

— The state’s largest school system kept students, staff and others in the weather loop Tuesday night, tweet by tweet.

Wake County Public School System’s Twitter account (@WCPSS) continues to grow in popularity, especially right before winter storms as students await news of whether schools will close. The account currently has over 36,000 followers.

Those who handle the page were busy Tuesday explaining how the school system decides whether to close or delay school:

@cmbarry Yes, of course. We communicate with the Nat'l Weather Service and local weather forecasters, as well as and area law enforcement.

@cmbarry In addition, facilities, transportation, and school staff members will check the roads throughout the county.

@cmbarry We rely on information about weather forecasts, road conditions, duration of precipitation, and amount of snow or ice on the roads.

@cmbarry Ultimately, our students' safety comes first as we are responsible for transporting them.

@cmbarry We use the best information available. Weather forecasting is not an exact science.

But it’s not all serious as the account’s handlers also keep followers entertained:

Still waiting and refreshing? How about a dance break, courtesy of Conn Elementary's principal -> http://Instagram.com/p/kI4i7IrFh-/ 

And students get into it as well:

Andrew Yin ‏@AndrewYin
Things you can do while waiting for @WCPSS:
1. Learn AP Bio
2. Graduate from high school
3. Find the cure to cancer

Just past 11 p.m., the school district offered this tweet:

ALERT: Due to forecast inclement weather, Wake County schools will be closed on Wednesday, February 12. #snowday

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  • nic Feb 12, 8:24 a.m.

    My kids were up refreshing twitter all night. A little after 11 both my teenagers came running in my room yelling "No school tomorrow!" It was so funny.