Fayette Co. schools miss fourth consecutive day of school

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - So far this winter, Fayette County students have missed seven days of school because of the weather, including four days this week.

Many parents have questioned why students weren't in class the last couple of days. Superintendent Dr. Tom Shelton responded to their questions.

"I know that it's difficult to manage for many parents," explained Dr. Shelton, "I would always rather go a day in June that is safe than risk some child being injured or worse."

Because of the winter weather cancellations, the last day of school has now been pushed back to June 5th, 2014.

"Many people have made plans, and have schedules, and there's events and other things planned according to our calendar when it's set," Dr. Shelton noted.

Seven days is the third highest number of days missed behind the 2003 and 2009 ice storms. Dr. Shelton says the cold's to blame this time around.

"The ice storm was more a condition of the roads and the grounds and things like that. We have to consider the students that walk to school. We have to consider the students who walk to the bus stop. We have to consider the students that are driving," he said.

Dr. Shelton says the cold temperatures are keeping crews from being able to effectively clear FCPS property like sidewalks and parking lots.

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