More winter weather means more snow days for Knoxville kids

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – This weather has been a big problem for many roads in our area.

The snow total for Monday night was three inches.

That prompted Knox County Schools to cancel classes again for Wednesday.

Related: Some East Tennessee school systems running out of snow days

That makes seven consecutive school days for Knox County because of some treacherous roads in our area.

Main roads had been treated for the most part Tuesday, but that left them wet with a chance to re-freeze as the temperatures drop overnight.

It is the side roads and residential roads though that have the school system concerned.

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The snow total for Monday night was three inches.

 

Rae and Michael Warshol’s North Knoxville neighborhood roads have been slippery since last week leaving their son, Kaden, a kindergartner, out of school for more than a week.

“Snow days are really fun because you get to throw snowballs, eat snow,” said Kaden.

They have made the best of it trying to stay off the roads as much as possible.

“We’ve seen a lot of cars swerve trying to come up this hill,” said Rae Warshol.

Michael Warshol agreed, “Yeah our hill is really bad. We had to walk home with groceries one day.”

WATE 6 On Your Side checked some of our area’s schools. Roads leading right to them were a slippery mess.

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It is the side roads and residential roads though that have school systems concerned.

 

It has many parents wondering when kids will be back in the classroom.

“I am concerned though about how it’s going to affect the days of school, like if they’re going to have to take days away from vacations,” said Rae.

WATE 6 On Your Side caught up with Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre to see how they are determining whether to keep the kids out of school.

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“It’s unusual for any school district to have seven consecutive snow days out of school. I haven’t seen it in my 25 year career in education,” said Knox County Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre.

 

So far Knox County has used seven consecutive snow days. They have 10 allocated, and there is more snow in the forecast.

“It’s unusual for any school district to have seven consecutive snow days out of school. I haven’t seen it in my 25 year career in education,” said McIntyre.

A prime example of why schools are closed Wednesday was Fountain City Elementary school. The roads surrounding it were completely snow covered, and where it had been driven on by several people it was packed down and even slicker.

“We’re going to come back, and we’re going to hit the books hard when we come back and I think we’ll have a great, probably fairly intense academic spring,” said McIntyre.

He said they would keep an eye on the roads as more winter weather moves in to decide whether to close school again later this week. He is hoping the get the kids back in school as soon as possible.

He said 13 of the districts’ schools supply some of the grades with tablets or computers, and teachers have been able to give students lessons even during these snow days.

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