New Snow Day Procedure for Buffalo Public Schools

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 12:07 AM EDT

By Jill Perkins

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 12:07 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) After a frigid morning filled with confusion, a new procedure is in place for Buffalo Public Schools when it comes to determining and communicating school closings.

"We have made a commitment that from this point on we will send that notification out by 5:30 a.m. at the latest," said Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, Dr. Pamela Brown.

That's 30 minutes sooner than the now previous deadline.

Buffalo schools came under fire when they closed later than that Wednesday.

In an email obtained by Eyewitness News, one board member said "Why did we wait so long? I am already getting calls that kids were standing on corners waiting for buses that weren't coming."

Wednesday night Board of Education member James Sampson said "Kids who already left their house were on street corners waiting for buses that weren't gonna come, so that's where we started communicating with central office. And during the day it's obvious that the superintendent and her staff took a look at it and made a commitment going forward that the decision will be made and made public by 5:30 which I think is a good resolution."

"We determined that it would be more convenient for parents to have that information earlier on, so we're gonna make sure that happens," said Brown.

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