Jefferson County Public Schools closed Thursday, Friday

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One of the JCPS school buses dirin(WAVE News)
Published: Aug. 10, 2023 at 5:17 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2023 at 12:55 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Jefferson County Public Schools announced every school in the district will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

All JCPS extracurriculars have been canceled, including athletics.

JCPS confirmed Thursday and Friday are operating as traditional snow days.

Kentucky’s largest school district also confirmed the next four days will be focused on fixing the JCPS school bus transportation issues.

JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio released a statement Wednesday night about how the school bus transportation delays for the first day of school were unacceptable. He then addressed the school closures Thursday morning in a video on Facebook:

JCPS posted on Facebook early Thursday morning about the school closures before his video was posted:

Louisville Metro Mayor Craig Greenberg made a Facebook post Thursday morning as well:

Rep. Morgan McGarvey (D-Louisville) released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“Yesterday, like many JCPS parents, I sent my son on a bus for his first day at a new school, and he didn’t get home until after dinner,” said Rep. McGarvey. “Some kids weren’t picked up at all or didn’t get home until nearly ten o’clock at night. This morning, parents and families woke up scrambling again — it’s frustrating, scary, and unacceptable. Every parent deserves to send their kids to school with peace of mind that they’re being taken care of and will come home safely. Right now, JCPS families deserve to see accountability and concrete steps to make sure this never happens again.

“We also can’t simply pile on or give up altogether. Strong public school systems are crucial to the success of our students, working families, and our community as a whole. We all want to see our kids, teachers, bus drivers, and schools succeed as we start a new school year. My office is here to help wherever we can, and I’ll continue working at the federal level to give schools the tools they need to support our kids, teachers, and staff.”

This is a developing story.

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