Emergency officials take icy forecast seriously


by Brooke Hasch


Posted on February 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 6:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – School buses lined the parking lot at Central High School this afternoon, two hours early, prepared to hit the roads before the ice did.

"They predicted an ice event around 4 p.m. when our buses would be on the road," Mike Raisor, with JCPS said during a morning press conference with Metro Safe officials.

The district decided to dismiss early with high schools and middle schools out at 12:20 p.m. followed by elementary schools at 1:45 p.m.

"At JCPS, the safety of our kids is primary concern and we couldn't risk a similar event like in Atlanta with students during such a traumatic event,” Raisor said.

"For the safety we're much better off. Academically, it puts us behind. We've been out so much this year, that we're way behind, at least we feel that way," Dr. Daniel Withers, the principal at Central High School said.

It was a welcome schedule change for students and their parents waiting to pick them up.

"I kind of anticipated it, with the weather, how it's going to be today," Barbara Young, a JCPS parent said.

It was an easy transition for some parents, but administrators were prepared for those who couldn't make it to school in time for the early dismissal.

"We'll be here until you get here, so if you can't make it at 12:20 then your child is safe with us,” Withers said.

Tuesday’s early dismissal will not affect the last day of school for JCPS, set for June 9.