JCPS dismisses early Thursday

By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - At just about 5 o'clock Thursday morning, JCPS made their official announcement that they would hold school Thursday and without a delay; but at 9 o'clock, district leaders made the call to dismiss early, saying they were concerned about the afternoon forecast.

Officials say their nearly 1,000 school buses mostly ran as scheduled Thursday morning, but without transportation to early childhood education programs, which had been called off.

After spending the morning studying forecast data, officials decided to release JCPS Middle and High Schools at Noon.  Elementary schools will then release at 1:25 p.m.  Lunch will be served.

"Basically we were just keeping an eye on the weather and the weather projections and if they could have changed much and there wasn't much variation. So early in the morning that was our thinking, but we thought let's give it the benefit of time so that we could make a more informed decision," said JCPS Executive Director of Grounds and Transportation Mike Mulheirn.

Jefferson County Catholic High Schools will close at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

JCPS will still run bus routes to drop the students off at their home.

As for Jefferson County Catholic Elementary School, parents should check with the school. Those K-8 will dismiss at different times.

So far, JCPS has missed four school days during the 2010-2011 school year, meaning the calendar now has them attending class until June 2011.  By staying through lunchtime, Thursday will count as a full day of class.

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