Storms Wednesday caused six of 16 public schools in Scott County to be without power, but students remained in class and were scheduled to return Thursday.
Scott County Superintendent Kevin Hub toured the schools Wednesday and decided not to send students home early. He said dismissing them during the morning stormy weather might have put them in danger. By late Wednesday afternoon power had been restored at the schools.
“There was never any consideration in my mind to dismiss kids early,” Hub said.
School officials decided that keeping the students at school would give road crews time to clear debris from roads.
The schools without power were Scott County High School, Anne Mason Elementary, Royal Spring and Scott County middle schools, Scott County Ninth Grade and Cardinal Academy.
On social media, some people criticized the decision to keep students at school or not cancel school to begin with. But parents were permitted to pick up children at their discretion, school system spokeswoman Renee Holmes said Wednesday.
Some students read in the hallways using natural light from the windows to continue their education, Holmes said. Students at other schools, such as at Scott County Middle School, were using flashlights to read in the dark.
School wasn’t canceled early Wednesday because school buses were on the road before the first of the morning storms began, Hub said. He also said he was in contact with other Central Kentucky superintendents before making the decision.
“I don’t know if any of us are going to assume that having school in a building without electricity is perfect, but our staff has been very resilient to kind of just use it as a life lesson,” Holmes said. “Sometimes things are tough and you make it work and everybody works together.”
The district said students that were picked up from the affected schools will have an excused absence and will be able to make up missed work.