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Statement from Superintendent Hopson

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

District staff monitored the weather and the streets all night and checked in with reports at 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. We knew this would be a tough call because there was no significant precipitation at those times, and forecasts had changed multiple times overnight. Precipitation started after buses were en route, but given the information we had at the time, we did not believe it was in the best interest of students to close schools. Bus drivers were urged to be especially cautious in isolated areas where conditions may have worsened through the morning. We ran approximately 1,300 bus routes this morning. We had one minor accident, where a car hit one of our buses, but all students arrived at school safely. Our primary mission is to educate children. We have alarming literacy rates and achievement gaps across our city and suburbs, and every day we are out of school is a lost opportunity for teaching and learning. Notably, the ASD, charter schools and many private schools in Memphis and Shelby County are also in session today. We will continue to monitor the weather and road conditions and remain in contact with the weather bureaus and emergency management officials throughout the day as we have throughout this winter season.

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