Some schools delay start time due to cold

djournal-weather-winterBy Chris Kieffer

Daily Journal

Students in the Lee County School District – and a few other Northeast Mississippi schools – will get a couple of extra hours of Christmas vacation.

Lee County will open the spring semester with a two-hour delayed start today because of the expected frigid temperatures. The delay will give the district more time to fix buses that have difficulty getting started in the cold weather, and thus will help prevent students from spending much time outside waiting for them.

“This way we won’t have little kids standing on the side of the road waiting on a bus for an extra 30 minutes,” said Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks. “We want to make sure we are doing the best thing we can for kids in the morning.”

Lee County Schools will start at 10 a.m. today, and buses will run on a two-hour delay. Staff should still report at regular times.

Booneville and Tishomingo County schools also will start at 10, as will Tupelo Christian Preparatory School and Baldwyn Head Start. Baldwyn schools will begin at 9:45 a.m., and Itawamba County schools will delay their start by two hours.

Tupelo city schools will begin at their normal time today, as well Nettleton and many other districts in the region.

Meanwhile, transportation directors across the region spent a hectic Monday trying to prepare buses to handle the single-digit temperatures they’ll likely face today.

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com