UPDATE: The Fayette County Schools said on Twitter at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday: "All Fayette County Public Schools will be closed Thursday, January 8, 2015."
The Fayette County public schools will have class as scheduled on Thursday, although districts in Bourbon, Clark, Jessamine, Madison and Scott counties announced that they would cancel classes. Acting superintendent Marlene Helm sent the following message to parents Wednesday:
Dear FCPS Families:
Our second half is off to a great start! Students returned to school with smiles and winning attitudes, ready to learn. Employees came back reinvigorated with fresh ideas and have hit the ground running in 2015. Thank you for your many contributions to a great first few days of school.
Decisions about weather related closings or delays are some of the most challenging choices a district leadership team faces. Please be assured that student safety is our top priority as we consider many factors in determining whether to adjust school schedules during the winter.
We have been monitoring the approaching weather since late last week and have been in regular contact with the National Weather Service. We are sensitive to concerns about students who walk to school or ride the bus, but based upon the information we have at this time, the temperatures and wind chills expected on January 8, 2015 do not warrant closing or delaying school.
Since this decision is being based on forecasts, we will continue to monitor the weather overnight. Unless circumstances change and temperatures are dramatically lower, we anticipate school being in session on a regular schedule tomorrow.
We have heard from many families with varying opinions on this issue and there is no unanimity when it comes to winter weather decisions. Thank you for understanding that this decision and others weather related are never entered into lightly. We appreciate your continued support and partnership.
Marlene Helm, Acting Superintendent
Fayette County Public Schools