Wolfe County School officials talk student safety in snow

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email
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CAMPTON, Ky (WYMT) - Better luck tomorrow? That is what administrators with the Wolfe County School District are hoping following another day away from the classroom.

Transportation Director John Halsey tells WYMT the sun may be out but not everything is thawed just yet.

"A lot of our turnarounds are gravel so therefore they are iced over, slick and we are not able to turn and come back out," said Halsey.

Just a few miles from downtown Campton, Halsey said drivers face treacherous road conditions.

"My main goal is student safety. We want to make sure that the kids get to and from school safely," said Halsey.

Superintendent Kenny Bell added that most of their student body lives off main roads. That means snow and ice impact the school district more than you might think.

"It is difficult in our community because we have so many gravel roads. We have about 30 percent of our roads are gravel and we have a lot more parents that have difficulty getting out," said Bell.

Bell said that is why his students have only got on the bus five times since Christmas Break.

"Our personnel will drive probably collectively 200 miles a day checking our roads and eliminating roads that we can and cannot run," said Bell.

School officials hope to implement "Plan B" on Wednesday. That means school is in session and the buses will run routes that avoid gravel roads.

"Our buses do not go like regular vehicles, you know, and they are hauling very precious cargo to and from school and we want to make sure we get their safely," said Halsey.

Wolfe County Schools have missed 25 days in 2014. Superintendent Bell said teachers have continued to work with students from home thanks to the Internet. He hopes that will make it easier when they finally come back to school.

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