SCS explains how it handles cold weather decisions

SCS explains winter weather policy

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - When it comes to canceling classes for Shelby County Schools, there is not one determining factor used to make the decision. It's a combination of things.

As of Wednesday evening, SCS is planning to hold classes on Thursday, despite freezing temperatures and single-digit wind chills.

To prepare for the low temperatures ahead, the school district went through a process of checks and balances.

"We start looking at weather reports," said SCS Chief of Business Operations Hitesh Haria.

That's only the beginning. They will also look at a combination of weather, temperatures, road conditions, and start times. Just because it is cold outside, does not mean school will be canceled.

"For example, right now it's cold. But, there is nothing that prevents us from operating school the entire day," added Haria.

Parents agree with that, for the most part, but say it's important that children stay warm.

For example, they should all be dressed appropriately for the weather.

"I make sure that she's all covered up, wrapped up, and everything," said Melody Patterson.

This time last year, SCS classes were canceled because many of its students didn't have the proper attire for the frigid temperatures.

This year, though, it's a different story. The district worked with several agencies to make sure kids have coats, hats, and gloves. In fact, for many of those kids, school is the very place they need to be in order to stay warm.

"Some of our kids come from the most poverty stricken areas in the U.S. So, the meals that they get, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they get is at school. We want them to be at school," explained Haria.

The bottom line? There is no specific criteria to determine whether classes are canceled. However, if they do make that decision, they will announce it no later than 5 a.m. on Thursday.

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