Cold Weather Means Days At Home For Fayette County Students

Cold Weather Means Days At Home For Fayette County Students

Five times in the last month. That's how many days Fayette County Schools canceled classes because of the extremely cold weather.
FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (localmemphis.com) - Five times in the last month.

That's how many days Fayette County Schools canceled classes because of the extremely cold weather.

Parents said they don't mind their kids missing school.

They said it is too cold to have kids wait outside in the morning for the bus to get to class.

Elizabeth Thompson said her nine-year-old daughter goes to school at Somerville Elementary, just a few blocks away from her home. It is not a hard commute in the cold.

But Thompson said that is not the same drive for all kids trying to get to school.

“But some of the children they live way out in the county or way out in the country and they have stand and wait anywhere from 25 to 30 minutes waiting on the bus,” Thompson said.

She said her child still continues to learn, even though she is not sitting in a classroom with learning games on the electronic device.

“She stays in her books she studies all the time and she's not failing any of her grades and you know when they go back they always catch up so I don't have a problem with it at all,” Thompson said.

Not everyone agrees. One parent wrote on Fayette County Schools Facebook concerned about childcare during the school closings.

But as for Thompson, she said she would rather the schools stay closed until the temperatures rise.

“It may be a slight inconvenience but under the circumstances i agree with the parents. Their children shouldn't have to stand in the cold and wait on a bus and get sick and that makes it even more worse,” Thompson said.

Thompson said she would not mind if the schools had them make up class days when it's warmer in the summer.
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