No delay or cancellation tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 19

We realize for the next couple of days, the temperatures are going to be frigid – possibly down into the single digits in some parts of Wilson County tomorrow morning.

Some have already asked about delaying the opening of school or closing altogether tomorrow because of the temperature.

According to Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright, schools will open at normal times in the morning, because the forecast shows temperatures will not rise rapidly enough to make a difference.

“We ask parents to make sure their children are appropriately dressed with hats, scarfs, coats, gloves and warm socks and shoes,” said Wright. “If a child needs help with any of these items, we want parents to know we can help discreetly if asked.”

With ice and snow in the forecast for Wednesday morning, Wright said the staff has already started monitoring the situation, by talking to other county government agencies and receiving regular updates from the National Weather Service.

“If a decision is made to delay or cancel school Wednesday, we will try our best to give as much advance notification as possible,” she added.

 

General information about snow days

Wilson County Schools has 10 snow days built into the calendar for this year. The decision to close schools is not made lightly. A great deal of thought and discussion goes into making the decision.

“The safety of our students and staff is paramount,” said Wright. “Often staff members will go out and start driving the roads after the snow, sleet or ice starts falling.

“We also stay in constant contact with Wilson Emergency Management Agency and the Sheriff’s Department, as well as the cities’ police departments, to get feedback on what they’re experiencing on the roads,” she added.

“Please remember that Wilson County, which covers 571 square miles, has a lot of rural areas. A lot of people may not realize that even a small snow or ice accumulation may make some rural roads impassable for days after roads have been cleared in the more populated areas, especially if the temperatures remain low.”

As inclement winter weather approaches, Wright said a robo call will be made to all households as soon as any decision is made about whether schools will be delayed in opening, closed entirely for the day, or close early due to inclement weather coming into the area in the afternoon.

“So please make sure your contact information is correct and up-to-date in Skyward Family Access,” she stressed.

She also urged parents to check the district’s home webpage (www.wcschools.com); Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WilsonK12Tn), and Twitter account (#WilsonK12Tn) for regular updates.

Additionally, information will be shared with the following media outlets:

  • Newspapers

The Lebanon Democrat (www.lebanondemocrat.com)

The Wilson Post (www.wilsonpost.com)

The Mt. Juliet Chronicle (www.thechronicleofmtjuliet.com)

The Tennessean (www.tennessean.com)

  • Local Radio

WANT-FM 98.9/WCOR-AM 1490

  • Television Stations

Channel 2

Channel 4

NewsChannel 5

Fox 17