Lawrence County, Ky. Schools Closed Again Friday; Makes 32nd Day this School Year

LOUISA, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Parents in Lawrence County, Ky., had their kids home from school Friday -- again. Schools in the county were closed for the 32nd time this school year.

Ice and snow lingered from Monday's storm on back roads, where school officials say most of the kids who attend their schools live.

Parents are starting to worry that the time out of school will hurt their kids' education.

"I've got one now that's a senior in high school getting ready to graduate this year," Jonathan Wells said. "You always worry about the testing and to make sure they do good."

Wells' 5-year-old daughter is in preschool. While he's afraid she will fall behind, he's glad that the school board does take precaution when the roads are questionable and school is canceled.

"Sometimes they are quick to call it," Wells said. "But all it takes is one bus accident, and they'd wish they had called it off."

Lawrence County Schools Superintendent Mike Armstrong said the decision to close schools does not come lightly, especially considering the amount of days the district has been out of school. Armstrong said the biggest concern, however, is the safety of the kids.

"The challenge is to make sure that we can safely transport thirty-six bus routes in a safe and secure manner," Armstrong said. "To get children to school safely and back home safely."

Armstrong said he along with students, staff, and parents are ready to get back to the books.

As for missing so much time in school, Armstrong said the Kentucky Department of Education is offering 10 disaster days to districts who have missed more than 20 days of school.

Armstrong said he is in the middle of reworking the school schedule to figure out when summer break will start. The earliest day could be in the first week of June. In the worst-case scenario, the school board can use until the end of June to make up lost time in the classrooms.

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