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Miskelly speaks on school closure protocol

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While inclement weather in McNairy County means good news for students who get to have an unscheduled day off, it is not always an easy thing to decide, according to Superintendent of McNairy County School Charlie Miskelly.

“There are typically 10 days built into the school calendar for bad weather, poor road conditions, and other variables that would cause a school closure, ” said Miskelly.

McNairy County in the past few years has seen schools close for icy roads, snowy conditions, flooding, and various other natural obstacles which make it difficult for children to make it to school in a safe manner. 

While Miskelly has the ultimate say in whether or not school will be closed for inclement weather, he does rely on several sources to aid him.

“I can’t just wake up in the morning, look out my window, and decide if we’re going to have school or not,” said Miskelly. “It does not work that way.”

Miskelly’s aid comes from weather forecasts, bus driver input, assistance from other transporters in the community, and from the county’s Transportation Supervisor Willie Austin.

These individuals pool their resources to make a calculated
decision about whether or not the weather and road conditions are
safe enough for students to be traveling.

“Obviously, we have a large county and the weather can vary from the northern portion of the county to the southern portion,” said Miskelly, so at times the decision can be a difficult one to make.

When inclement weather strikes in the McNairy County area be sure to check local television, and radio stations for school closures, and www.independentappeal.com, or follow the Independent Appeal on Facebook.

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