School closing for JCPS causes confusion for some over swim meet


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 7:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Jefferson County Public Schools made the call early Friday morning, Feb. 14, to close because they were worried about deteriorating conditions in the evening commute.

That decision came down just before a regional swim meet at the University of Louisville's Natatorium, meaning a late scramble for parents who have come in from across the state.

"There was going to be a thousand kids in the water today," Eric Bunnell, a parent of three children said.

Bunnell says it's one of the biggest swim meets of the year, the regional meet for 31 area high schools.

"Some of the teams are in Jefferson County, some in Oldham County, Bullitt County and private schools," Bunnell said.

Swimmers were excused from school on Friday morning to participate at the meet, scheduled to take place at 8:30 a.m. That is until the Kentucky High School Athletic Association canceled the meet an hour beforehand. The call came hours after JCPS called off school for the day.

"Two-thirds of the teams are Jefferson County. You can't have the high school regional meet with two-thirds of participants not attending," Bunnell said.

Two of Bunnell's children were planning to attend the meet. He says confusion flooded in Friday morning, when it was unclear if the meet would go on without the district.

"There was never a real way to determine what was supposed to happen," Bunnell said.

Anytime JCPS calls off school for the day, all extracurricular activities are also canceled. But Bunnell says with the meet involving a number of districts from around the region, the association was unaware if the rules applied. JCPS says they do, unless students have already traveled to an out of town event when the district cancels school.

The regional swim meet was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon.