Another snow day for JCPS surprises many


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 6:32 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s another snow day for JCPS students and it’s one that caught a lot of people by surprise on Monday morning, Feb. 10.

While kids may be having fun in the snow that accumulated overnight, parents and educators are wringing their hands, saying enough.

This brings the total number of school days missed so far for JCPS to eight.

"Parents are getting a little irritated. But what can you do, the safety of the kids obviously comes first," one parent said.

Jefferson County Catholic Schools operated on a two hour delay Feb. 10. JCPS said the snow that fell overnight impacted many of the neighborhood bus routes in eastern Jefferson County and side streets off of Dixie Highway and Cooper Chapel Road.

"We do have to look at those subdivision roads and in many parts of the county they were not safe. A lot of people probably opening up their windows today and saw clear roads possibly in the Highlands and northeast part of town and thought what in the world is going on. But unfortunately when you have a situation where you have 100,000 students you have to get to school and thousands of students are impacted by several subdivision roads that are covered , those are the tough decisions we have to make," Ben Jackey, a JCPS spokesperson, said.

Many parents agree with JCPS and say it's better to be safe.

"So many parents scared of their kids getting hurt," Susan Darby, a grandparent, said.

JCPS said after discussions it was determined the roads in question would not improve in time even for a delayed day of school.

If two make up days are approved, by the school board, on Monday night, Feb. 10, then the last day is now June 9. For teachers it has been disruptive.

“It puts those teachers behind in what they are planning so what we have to do is get it done for another day. We've been off so much this year, we are way behind," Dan Withers, Central High School Principal, said.

And we are not out of the woods just yet. What if JCPS gets even more school days?

"Right now we have built in snow days. The public may think it’s just those three days but we have days built into the end of the year. And fortunately we are not close to exhausting them yet," Jackey said.

Bullitt County also called off school on Monday, bringing their total days missed to 13.