JCPS: ‘Timing' was the reason for school cancellation

Dakota Coslow
Dakota Coslow
Damon Harlow
Damon Harlow
Lauren Coslow
Lauren Coslow
Rick Caple
Rick Caple

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

FAIRDALE, KY (WAVE) - Another snow day could mean one less day of summer vacation for students in Jefferson County. For the sixth time this school year, JCPS officials canceled classes because the snow came too quickly to clean up in time, particularly in the southern part of the county.

Just down the street from Fairdale Elementary School, a group of kids had a snowball fight, but not everyone was dressed for the occasion.

"I'm just wearing my pajamas, what I woke up in," said 7th grader Dakota Coslow.

Dakota likes the time off, but worries that it will cut into his family's vacation.

"Me and my mom and our family's supposed to go to South Carolina," said Dakota.

Damon Harlow, Dakota's neighbor, is a sophomore at Fairdale High and was less than enthused about the cancellation.

"I love school," said Damon. "It's my favorite activity of the day."

Dakota's younger sister was thankful she didn't have to ride the bus on the snowy roads and would have canceled school too if it was up to her.

"It's pretty slick on the roads, and the buses could slide and get in accidents and kids could get injured," said 5th grade Lauren Coslow.

That's exactly why Director of Transportation Rick Caple says they decided to call off school.

"We knew that we could not motor through those subdivisions with three and four inches of snow," said Caple, speaking specifically about the southern part of the county.

As early as 4:30 a.m., JCPS scouts found the roads had problems.

"A couple went in a ditch, and we had one that got real nervous up on top of Holsclaw Hill because it was so slick and bad," said Caple.

When we drove up Holsclaw Hill by Jefferson Memorial Forest around 1 p.m., it was clear.  Still JCPS officials did not delay school, but canceled it.

"It came at the wrong time," said Caple. "If it had come at 1 a.m. and they had four or five hours to work on it, we may have had school today, but the timing was an issue this morning."

Caple said the snow fell too quickly and they didn't want to put high school drivers on the road. He thinks less vehicles overall made the drive safer for everyone.

"When we closed school today, we probably put 30,000 cars off the road with parents, teenagers and buses," said Caple.

Caple said they will be keeping an eye on the weather before deciding about school for Thursday.

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