WENTZVILLE, Mo. — The superintendent of Wentzville Schools has issued a heartfelt apology to every teacher, student and staff member in the district.
During the height of Friday's snowstorm, Wentzville teachers were forced to stay at school despite students being released early.
Educators did not hold back on social media posting their outrage on Facebook. And union leaders say one of the teachers who stayed behind at the school actually got into a crash when she left a few hours later.
"We are going to be looking to make sure students are safe, staff is safe," Wentzville Superintendent Curtis Cain said. "We will figure this out moving forward."
Just before the storm arrived Friday, school leaders made a decision to release students from class two hours early to give their buses time to get them home safely, but they left the teachers to fend for themselves.
Missouri's National Education Association said the district gave the teachers an ultimatum, stay or leave early, but both came at a cost.
Last Friday, the city was expecting at least 8 inches of snow and with the school district not releasing the teachers early the teachers were faced with a dilemma either stay and risk their safety or leave early and sacrifice either personal time or money. At least one teacher decided to stay as the weather got worst by the minute and it cost them an expensive car repair.
"It's been a weekend of reflection, obviously, not just strategically but personally as well," Cain said.
The superintendent blamed the timing of the weather for the mishap, but he admitted he should have made a better decision to close all buildings and send employees home.
"It happened earlier than we anticipated," he said. "The plan we had in place would have worked if the three to six window actually been something that actually occurred."
Superintendent Curtis told 5 On Your Side he's working to rebuild the trust with his teachers and staff and learn from his missteps.
"I am sorry for how people are feeling as it relates to this but the key is how do we move forward as a district," he said "We need to come back and take a very hard look and we already begun that process of examining our processes and our procedures when it comes to this."
Cain said he in the future he plans to make changes to the way things are handled during wintry weather.
You can read the superintendent's full apology on the school district's Facebook page.