Here is the statement from Milwaukee Public Schools about its decision to close schools Tuesday:
It is never an easy decision to close school. While we want our students in school every day, their safety is our top priority.
We also understand that closing our nearly 160 schools has a major impact on our families, students, and staff. Whenever possible, we attempt to make these decisions the evening before a weather closing.
Due to the continually changing nature of this storm system, this decision was especially difficult. After consulting with stakeholders and our bus companies early this morning, we made the decision to close due to travel conditions in order to ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff.
The district's late announcement, which was not made until about 6:30 a.m., left many parents scrambling to make plans for their children.