Many schools remain closed today

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

This week’s frosty weather has kept school doors shut throughout Northeast Mississippi.
Monday’s heavy snowfall caused schools to be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Most K-12 schools also will remain closed today, although many community college and university students will return to class.
“Our biggest concern is a lot of the outlying areas and rural roads,” said New Albany Superintendent Charles Garrett, whose district is among the ones closed today. “We probably can’t run a third of our bus routes. We have a lot of clear streets in the town areas, but a lot of the outlying areas are still very dangerous.”
Lee County Schools also will remain closed today. Superintendent Mike Scott said he reached that decision after speaking with supervisors and Sheriff Jim Johnson. Scott said Johnson was getting several reports from his deputies that “there is still slush that is beginning to freeze back in outlying areas.”
“We have children in those areas, and if we have children in them, we are going to exercise caution,” Scott said.
Tupelo schools are closed today because of freezing weather, hazardous weather and for the safety of staff and student drivers, a statement from the district said. The Nettleton School District also remains closed.
Both the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University will be open today. MSU resumed classes on Tuesday. Itawamba Community College and Northeast Community College will both open their offices at 9 and begin classes at 10. All schools advise students and staff to be careful while traveling.
Among the other school districts that are closed today are Baldwyn, Union County, Pontotoc City, Lafayette County, Itawamba County, Houston, Amory, Monroe County, North Tippah, Okolona, Tishomingo County and South Tippah.
Houston staff, except cafeteria and bus staff, must still report at 10 a.m.

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@journalinc.com.