WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT)- With winter weather in the area Tuesday morning, several school districts canceled class for the day.
The schools, majority in the southern and eastern parts of Kentucky, made the decision early Tuesday morning to shut their doors. Wolfe County Schools say their decision was based off a 5 a.m. conference call with the National Weather Service.
"The forecast is obviously the main thing if it's not snowing at the time and that's what he had to depend on today. And you look at the road temperatures." Wolfe County Schools Superintendent Kenny Bell says the board's leaders don't solely base their decision on what they are seeing on roads but what is coming according to the forecast.
"You've got to understand how you're going to get the kids home, not just at the time and what the weather conditions are going to be like. We haul very precious cargo, and we are going to err on the side of safety of our kids," Bell told WKYT.
Bell says waiting to decide if school should continue can turn into a bad decision if the weather worsens throughout the day. He points to a situation a couple years ago when they decided to have school and were later forced to keep kids in the school because of a heavy snowstorm that developed.
Jack McWhorter has two grandkids in the Wolfe County school system. While some people disagreed with the decision to cancel, McWhorter says safety is always the best route.
"When have one, there's no price you put on their safety. It's just too important to keep those kids safe and out of harm's way," McWhorter said.
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