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Kentuckiana schools prepare for possible snow, sleet, and ice

Rick Caple Rick Caple
Travis Haire Travis Haire
Dr. Kim Knott Dr. Kim Knott

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – All across Kentuckiana, school districts are just waiting to see what Mother Nature has in store.

"We don't want to call school off on a prediction," said Rick Caple, Director of Transportation for Jefferson County Public Schools.

A lot goes into the decision of whether or not to cancel or delay school.

"It's really gathering information so we can make a decision because our ultimate goal is to get students to school safely," said Travis Haire, Assistant Superintendent for Greater Clark County Schools.

With forecasters calling for snow, sleet, and ice, school districts in our region, like Greater Clark County, are making sure to take precautions. "We're in constant contact with surrounding school districts, we talk to the superintendents there, they can give us feedback of what the weather is like in the other counties and let us know if it is heading our way," said Haire.

From Jefferson County Public Schools, the largest district in Kentucky, to smaller districts in Indiana like Clarksville Community Schools, the plan is virtually the same.

"If nothing happens before 9 or 10 p.m., then we are going to get out around 2 a.m., look at the road conditions, talk with the news media and the weather service and make a determination early in the morning," said Caple.

"It is always an issue for parents and we realize that and we really try to take that into consideration when we have to make these decisions," said Dr. Kim Knott, Superintendent for Clarksville Community Schools.

That's why they want to make sure all drivers are clear to hit the streets including, buses, parents, and students.

"We've got teenagers that have never driven in the snow before and ice, so we want to try to be as safe as possible," said Caple.

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