School leaders monitor Friday's wintry weather forecast

School leaders monitor Friday's wintry weather forecast

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - As school districts decide whether to cancel classes on Friday, parents across the Mid-South are bracing for what could be round two of wintry weather.

Unlike earlier in the week, forecasters expect the worst of it to hit as kids are leaving school Friday.

"I think it is important to protect the safety of our children out on the roads, it really is kind of treacherous," said parent Julia McDonald.

With the possibility of sleet and freezing rain, the big question is ... will school districts close? The timing of Friday's winter storm has school systems thinking twice.

"They should close, so nobody gets hurt walking on the sidewalk trying to get to school and stuff," said Dajon Jackson, whose two brothers ride the bus to school in Shelby County.

Most school districts sat they will make a decision about school closings by 5 a.m. Friday. Some say they're even considering a half day because of a threat of winter weather Friday afternoon.

"The last thing we want to do is jeopardize student safety to try to get them out in bad weather," said Germantown Municipal School District Superintendent Jason Manuel. "Our cabinet members drive around at night and look at the accumulation, we also look at what's on the sidewalks at the school and what's in the ramps."

Most parents say their biggest concern is safety.

"They're my children. I need to make sure they come back home to mama," said Dominique Aldridge.

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