Sevier Middle School students walk home after City schools dismissed at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Photo by David Grace
KINGSPORT -- Kingsport City Schools will dismiss today, Tuesday. Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. That includes the Earnling Childhood Learning Center and all school-aged childcare.
In a KCS Facebook post and in a call to parents, Superintendent Lyle Ailshie said the KCS administration has been in contact with Kingsport Public Works throughout the morning to monitor progress in the treating and clearing of roads.
''With the snow not beginning this morning until after transportation had been completed to the middle and high schools and during the elementary runs, we wanted to provide city road crews time to make progress on road conditions before releasing students, the Facebook post said. "'Based on those conditions, schools, ECLC, and school-aged childcare will dismiss at 11 a.m..
Ailshie said the forecast information the school system used Tuesday morning indicated a light snow around lunch, not a snow earlier in the day as occured, which "certainly put us in a bind." He apologized for stress and confusion the situation may have caused. Other Northeast Tennessee schools are closed today, including Johnson City schools, Bristol, Tenn., and Bristol, Va., schools, Greeneville city schools and area county systems, including Hawkins, Sullivan and Washington counties. Some systems in neighboring Virginia also are closed.
Also in the phone call, Ailshie said parents can pick up their children at schools starting at 11 a.m., regardless of the grade level and regular bus route schedule. He recommended parents consider picking up high school students who drove. Also, he said some bus drivers may not feel comfortable running on certain streets or roads. In those situation, he said parents will be notified an alternative transportation provided.
Ailshie cited a "window of opportunity" to get students home safely "before things decline this afternoon."