• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff 16

Snow causes two-hour delay for students

Overnight snowfall led to a two-hour delay for students in Woodford County Public Schools on Monday. Schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said his decision to delay the school day for a couple of hours was based on the roads being in pretty good shape, with only a few snowy spots still needing treatment during the pre-dawn hours. By giving road crews a couple of extra hours to treat those problem areas, Hawkins said he felt comfortable calling for a two-hour delay and not canceling school. “We didn’t have any issues with buses. No issues with your student drivers so everything worked out really, really well (on Monday) morning,” said Hawkins. While a two-hour delay gives him another option in certain situations like Monday morning, Hawkins said he does not use that option very often – maybe twice in the last four-plus years. “Because it is a little bit more of a hardship on parents (to get their children to school later in the morning) that’s not an option we try to use very frequently,” he explained. So far this school year, Hawkins has cancelled one day of school because of snow and has used one Non-Traditional Instruction day. The last day of school for students remains May 22. A makeup day is available on March 6, but must be used for an additional missed day prior to Feb. 15. Any additional snow days would be tacked onto the end of the school calendar. Hawkins can also use an NTI day instead of canceling school.

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