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SCS cancels class third day in a row

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E.E. Jeter Elementary School student Elijah Riley was worried just thinking of having to ride a school bus Wednesday morning. E.E. Jeter Elementary School student Elijah Riley was worried just thinking of having to ride a school bus Wednesday morning.
More than 250 students attend E.E. Jeter Elementary in Millington where all of the roads leading to the school are blanketed with ice. More than 250 students attend E.E. Jeter Elementary in Millington where all of the roads leading to the school are blanketed with ice.

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County School District canceled class for Wednesday, March 5 partially because of dangerous conditions that exist in some rural areas. It is the third day in a row SCS has canceled class due to weather or road conditions.

E.E. Jeter Elementary School student Elijah Riley was worried just thinking of having to ride a school bus Wednesday morning.

"I'm afraid, like, we're gonna slip on that slush, and we 're just gonna flip or crash into a tree or something," he said.

His family members were equally concerned about Elijah and the safety of children living out in the county. More than 250 students attend E.E. Jeter Elementary in Millington where all of the roads leading to the school are blanketed with ice.

The decision to close schools was made due to the factors below, according to a news release from SCS:

Based on reports from city and county officials and a first-hand review of areas throughout the district by the SCS Transportation/Safety team, we know that an overwhelming majority of streets in the city and suburbs are clear. However, dangerous conditions still exist in some of our rural areas.

Presently, over 40 schools are impacted by ice and snow, mostly in the Northern region. Because bus schedules throughout the district are inter-related, it is difficult to close only this region. For instance, the Millington area bus lot serves dozens of schools across the Northern portion of the district, including some within the city of Memphis. Special education buses also transport students to cluster programs throughout the city and suburbs.

We have several schools, some within the city, where parts of buildings cannot be accessed due to icy conditions. At least five schools are also without power, including three in Memphis. Additionally, reported icy roads and sidewalks and downed trees and power lines in the city and county may also impact students walking or being driven to school.

Additionally, more schools could be impacted by morning due to the likelihood of conditions to worsen as existing snow and ice melts and temperatures continue to drop further below freezing.

Officials say all employees who work in an administrative office should report for regular business hours. Only non-instructional operational staff, like maintenance/facilities workers, should contact their supervisors regarding duties in schools. All other school-based employees, including principals, should not report to work.

Officials say all employees who work in an administrative office should report for regular business hours. Only non-instructional operational staff, like maintenance/facilities workers, should contact their supervisors regarding duties in schools. All other school-based employees, including principals, should not report to work.

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