SCS Hoping To Develop A Zoned Closure Plan

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(Shelby County) Carunda Bennett has had a difficult week, dealing with the weather and caring for her grandkids since school shut down this week.

“I had no babysitter, had to find somebody, had to leave work early,” said Bennett

The snow plows and salt trucks had long finished their work, and most Shelby County streets were clear. But Northaven Elementary and about a dozen other schools were still covered in ice Wednesday.

Why not close just those schools? State attendance policies say SCS can't - it's all or nothing.

But when you have a superintendent who's also a lawyer, you find a way to cut through the red tape.

Thursday, the ice-covered schools will remain closed, not because of the weather, but because they're inoperable, while the rest of us go back to business as usual.

“We have so many schools that need as much instruction as possible,” said Superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

Hopson's not stopping there in trying to make the rules make sense for parents.

They're redoing bus routes, working with the state to see if they can divide up the district but only when it comes to weather.

“We're looking at ways in the future with zones to see, if we have inclement weather," said Reginald Porter, SCS, Chief of Staff.

With the area divided into zones, they could close one section and keep the others open.


  • BF599

    I do not see how this can be done. We live in Raliegh and it was worse out here in this part of town than it was in others also. COME ON, this is crazy to do a zone deal. We are SCS and this is the way it should be. I am a parent of a student and that I do NOT say lightly. I work full time and I have to make sacrifices to do what I can to take care of my kids. Get with it people. YOU have these kids and just because it is the school year doesn’t mean you do not have to have a back up system. The school system is NOT a daycare. I read above where a grandmother or parent had to stay home from work to care for her kids while not in school, that is YOUR JOB. It sounds like you depend on the schools to be OPEN to care for your children. Sorry that is NOT what school is for so you can go to work, or play and have lunch with friends. You had these children so when school is OUT, it is your responsibility to care for them. Missing work or not. There is NO way to ZONE certain areas to come to school within the city limits. Some areas in the city did NOT get hit as hard as others. In some areas of town to day there is NO SNOW on the ground, out here in Raliegh there still is plenty of it. To make changes just because the streets are clear in town is nonsense. You can bet if there is ice on our roads, my children will NOT be in attendance that day.

  • Some Body

    @BF599. Take a chill pill… You’ve been couped up too long and off your meds. We all know setting up zones will only create another set of problems. The severity of weather will not follow zones that humans select. I’m thinking you fabricated way too much out of the article. They are just looking at ways where schools can open. CTFO

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