The Alabama State Department of Education is rolling out a new way to see if your K-12 public school is closing when bad weather is coming.

The new online notification system will allow the media and the public to access "all the information together in one place at one time, so it won't be spotty reporting about what's open and what's closed statewide.

Local superintendents or their designee can enter the information into the state department's web site directly to let the public know whether schools are delayed, closed, or even on lockdown.

Local school district officials will still make the decision on whether or not to close or dismiss early, and the new system doesn't replace any local notification systems that local officials have in place. It just makes it easier and another place for parents and officials to find the information.

The new system will  go live on February 1.