Winter Weather Cancels Classes

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Schools across the region are already calling off school or delaying the start of classes Friday. WYMT's Angela Sparkman talked to officials at one school about how they are preparing to keep all their students safe.

The one thing Pike County School directors don't want is a student, parent, or a bus caught in ice or something worse happening because of it. Directors say getting students home and out of harm's way as quick as possible is the goal.

The school bell rang early at Shelby Valley High School and other schools all across Eastern Kentucky. School directors raced to get students home before bad weather struck.

"Making sure safety is foremost, upfront with us and we want to make sure we get our children home when we've got weather of this magnitude coming," said Transportation Director Ancie Casey.

The ground was clear when buses and parents left, but that's exactly what Casey wanted.

"Ice is something we don't want our buses in," he said.

Casey watched the weather front all morning on his computer and constantly talked to meteorologists. He said predictions showed potential ice right when school would get out. He said it was a risk he didn't want to take, so he cut the day short. The time change may have inconvenienced some, but they weren't complaining.

"I think it is a good idea," said Juanita Lawson.

"It is better that they get home, get out of the parking lots, and on their way before the storm does hit," said Shelia Gibson.

Some teachers say they hated to miss another lesson, but believe this is a lesson of its own.

"This is a learning experience to, to put safety first, you're teaching also," Gibson said.

And say this way, they aren't risking anyone's life.

Pike County School officials say they hope they can go back to school Friday if the temperatures increase, but they and all the other school districts are evaluating the situation.

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