Ouachita Parish Schools keeping a close eye on possible snow and ice
The Ouachita Parish School System says it already has its eye on possible snowfall.
Superintendent Don Coker says at this point, the weather is a big guessing game. He says he'll be waiting to see just how it plays out overnight before making a decision on whether to close schools.
He says drivers will be all over Ouachita Parish around 4 AM to check out the snow and ice conditions on rural roads and bridges. He says those are his major concerns.
Skeeter Boyd from the transportation department says bus drivers will be on standby for a decision to be made early Tuesday morning.
"They look at the bridges and the roads and of course the driving conditions with the school buses,” Boyd explains.
Boyd and Coker both agree that safety is the top priority.
“As big a bus it is and as large as it is, it weighs 28,000 pounds, it's the safest vehicle on the road. So if we do have to travel we know that the children will be safe," says Boyd.
Coker says there are still five and a half days built into the calendar for inclement weather just in case schools are forced to close.
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