The Great FOG of 2012: School CLOSED

The bus drop-off spot in the lower parking lot is blanketed with fog at 9 a.m. on March 16.

Hamilton, Mich. –  For the first time in more than two decades, Hamilton Community Schools has closed school due to fog.

Like many districts in west Michigan, the school announced a two-hour delay early this morning.

Hamilton’s administration office sent out the delay call at approximately 5:40 a.m., however, once it was learned the fog would not be lifting until after 11 a.m., the decision was updated to cancel the school day.  That call went out via the SchoolConnects phone system at approximately 8:20 a.m.

According to officials in the high school office, the decision to cancel was made because of safety concerns for our students.  With the thick fog, Hamilton bus drivers would be struggling to see the road.

Several staff members at the high school described their difficulty in making it through the fog to school this morning.

Hamilton High School Principal Doug Braschler said he could only remember one other time that the school had been closed for fog, and that it was sometime in the mid-1980s.  Mr. Braschler has worked at Hamilton since 1983.

So, in the annals of Hamilton history, March 16, 2012, will go down as the day the Great FOG gave everyone a three-day weekend.



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