Local schools face tough decision where weather is concerned


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 7:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The cold temperatures mean not much is thawing on the roadways and a little more snow overnight had school called off in many districts again on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Jefferson County was on a delayed schedule on Jan. 23, Bullitt was on a normal schedule, but Oldham County closed again along with several others in Kentuckiana.

It's not always an easy decision to make, and all these snow days are translating into a shorter summer for area children.

It's become almost a weekly ordeal. The snow falls, the roads ice up, then the big decision falls on school districts on whether to open or not.

“It's a case by case basis. We do not have a set checklist like if it's this temperature or this much snow," Tracy Harris with Oldham County Schools said.

"We sent our road team out early because we knew it was not going to get any warmer overnight.

County city and state officials have told us that they have pretty much done everything they can at this point. It's too cold; it's too cold for salt. They are running out of it in some places. There's not a whole lot more we can do," Harris said.

We've seen days where the snow came barreling down and still schools opened which angered many parents. Then other days when it was simply too cold and schools shut down. It's not always a clear cut decision.

In Oldham County buses drive thousands of miles a day and 60 percent of students depend on the bus. And many of the roads are rural.

“We have some windy, rural roads; some one lane. It's a hilly area so we have definitely had trouble getting buses up hills and even stopping," Harris said.

Making up those days is also different in every district. 

Some of the biggest districts in the Kentuckiana area have missed numerous days.

JCPS has missed six days so far, right now the last day of school will be June 6.

Bullitt County has missed five days.  And Oldham County, Greater Clark and New Albany/Floyd County Schools have all missed seven days.