CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the wake of severe weather, the state Board of Education is pushing for parents to sign up for its text message alert system.Parents can receive instant mobile alerts about school delays and cancellations and other emergency information by signing up for the notification services."The Department of Education utilizes multiple tools to keep parents informed and ultimately assure student safety," West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple said in a release. "During the winter months, inclement weather can result in unexpected changes in school operations and schedules. It is again that time of year to prepare for possible school closings, delays and early dismissals."Anyone can sign up for text alerts on the Department of Education's main website at http://wvde.state.wv.us
by clicking the School Closings tab, and parents can choose which county they would like to receive information about.More than 40 of the state's 55 counties closed their schools on Tuesday due to severe weather conditions, and several others announced closings for Wednesday.Wednesday's school closings include Fayette, Clay, Boone, Preston and Upshur counties.
State education officials also encourage families to sign up for email alerts and to follow WVSnowDay on Twitter."Situations like these are exactly why this was developed," said West Virginia Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro. "Today our Twitter account has increased by leaps and bounds, and we have many people visiting our website, but it's better for parents to be prepared and make sure they are already signed up so that they can know as soon as something happens."Reach Mackenzie Mays at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-4814.