LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – School systems across the valley made the decision to either delay or close today due to the frigid weather conditions we find ourselves in.
But the reason the Lauderdale County School system shutdown on Monday may sort of surprise you.
Fay Parker is the Director of Transportation for Lauderdale County schools.
At 5-am Monday morning, Parker and other school officials were out riding the roads of the county, checking for icy spots.
“This morning there was not a lot out there, but it was very, very cold,” explained Parker.
After discussing the weather conditions with Superintendent Jennifer Gray, Parker said the deciding factor on cancelling school Monday was the cold temperatures.
“If you have got 30, 40, 50 children on a bus and something happen to it,” said Parker. “The fuel gels or it quits for some reason, that’s our concern.”
According to Parker, that could mean stranding the kids on the side of a road in single digit temperatures for up to 15 minutes.
That is the average amount of time it would take a mechanic to get to them with a replacement bus.
“One thing that we don’t want to do is get them started and then get out on the roads and something happen with the children on the bus,” said Parker. “That’s our big concern.”
Parker said they will continue to evaluate the Tuesday morning temperatures, and prepare for buses for school unless otherwise told.
As this point, Lauderdale County Schools have delayed their school openings until 10am on Tuesday.