School districts evaluate road conditions to make closure decisions

Schools announce Wednesday closures

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Students across the Mid-South enjoyed a long weekend due to inclement weather, but how long will the weekend last? Many districts have decided to stay closed on Wednesday while some wait to see how the night's weather pans out.

WMC Action News 5's Sasha Jones rode along with one staff member from Millington Municipal Schools who showed us first-hand what goes into making the decision to call off school due to weather.

"Just looking at the condition of the roads," says Millington Municipal Schools Operations Supervisor Oscar Brown.

Brown rides the same routes many of the school district's buses ride. While riding the route he looks for patches of ice and overall road conditions.

"If there is standing water, a lot of ice left on the road, or whatever, to make a decision," says Brown.

The process of riding the routes is done several times throughout the day before making the best informed decision.

Some parents say the roads have cleared enough to have school.

"This afternoon sun really warmed it up and melted off the ice," says Arlington parent Eric Pharney.

He says the roads have cleared and ice has melted in his neighborhood, but his kids like many other students will still be hoping for another day off school.

Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, and Germantown Municipal School Districts are closed Wednesday. Millington Schools also canceled classes for students, staff should report to the school on a two-hour delay.

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