The next time South Carolina schools cancel class due to nasty weather, parents will have one more place to check for updates.

The S.C. Department of Education has launched a School Closure Web Application at SCSchoolClosings.com that will display school closures and delays from every school district in the state.

“With recent school closures due to natural disasters and with the winter weather season upon us, our goal is to streamline and give the public the most up-to-date information on the status of our public schools,” said State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman.

Local school districts usually make the call on canceling classes or opening on a delayed schedule when bad weather strikes. In rare cases like October's Hurricane Matthew evacuations, the governor can also announce closures in specific areas of the state.

Locally, the Charleston County School District notifies families via robocalls, Facebook and Twitter when classes are delayed or canceled. The district has not announced any plans to change those procedures.

Reach Paul Bowers at 843-937-5546 or twitter.com/paul_bowers.