SCS explains school closure process, deciding factors

SCS explains school closure process, deciding factors

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - After a five day weekend, students in Shelby County will be back in classes Thursday morning. Students were out of school Monday for a scheduled teacher planning day. The past two days, icy roads and treacherous conditions forced the district to cancel classes.

Jeffrica Thompson spent Wednesday at The Children's Museum celebrating her son's 8th birthday. He was happy to be out of school another day.

"I'm enjoying it. We're having a good time," said Thompson.

Shelby County Schools tells WMC Action News 5 that several factors go into making the decision to not cancel classes, including temperatures, road conditions, and start times. The district also works with multiple agencies and constantly monitors weather reports.

"The cold weather. You don't want your kid walking to school in all of this cold weather," said parent Hollis Ranson.

But, SCS says it's also aware that school is the best place for some kids to stay warm.

"Some of our kids come from the most poverty stricken areas in the country, so the meals that they get, the warm meals, we also offer supplemental meals, that's at school, the heat is at school," said an SCS spokesperson.

Parent Jeffrica Thompson said, "With the children having to walk and stuff, you don't want them to catch the flu and stuff."

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