Many schools set to reopen in area today

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

After three days of riding sleds and building snowmen, many Northeast Mississippi students will be back at school today.
Wednesday’s decisions to resume classes were part of a return to more normal conditions in Northeast Mississippi, where snow remains on the ground after three days of wintry and sometimes paralyzing weather.
The Tupelo and Lee County school districts will be among many that will resume classes today. Both districts will open at the normal time but they will excuse absences of students if parents worry that they will not be able to safely make it to school.
Noting the struggles that districts in the northern part of the state have had since Monday’s snowstorm, state Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham suggested in a press release that school districts consider opening an hour or two later and excusing students who are stranded by icy conditions.
Among schools reopening their doors today are New Albany, Amory, Tishomingo County, Union County, Monroe County, Baldwyn and Pontotoc City.
Several of those districts will have delayed starts. New Albany and Union County school systems will have a one-hour delay, and Tishomingo County Schools will be delayed by 21⁄2 hours. Amory schools will begin at 9:30, with bus routes starting at 8 and the schools accepting car riders at 8:45.
Pontotoc city schools will begin at 8:30 a.m. today and Friday. Buses will start running at 7, and teachers should report by 8.
Baldwyn will begin at 10 on both today and Friday. Bus routes will start at 9 on both days.
Superintendents in New Albany, Union County, Pontotoc city and Tishomingo County said that not all of their buses would be able to run their routes, but that students would be excused if unable to attend.
Itawamba County, Nettleton and Alcorn County schools are among the districts that will be closed today. Nettleton faculty and staff should report to school at 8.
Meanwhile, police cautioned people to drive carefully to and from schools. Today’s temperatures will still be below freezing, so drivers could encounter ice patches on the roadways and bridges. The highs are expected to be in the high 40s on Friday, and the snow is expected to melt then.
Despite the dangerous roads, hospitals reported no serious injuries since the snow started falling Sunday. Representatives of North Mississippi Medical Center Emergency Services, Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford and Magnolia Regional in Corinth said most of their weather-related cases involved broken bones from falls and minor injuries from traffic accidents.

Danza Johnson and Michaela Gibson Morris contributed to this story. Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@journalinc.com.