The decision to cancel school impacts many people in our community. We make the best decision based on the information we have, keeping the safety of our students and staff at the forefront.
The process begins at 3:00am when several district personnel strategically located throughout the county travel roads to check on conditions. During this time, district officials are in constant contact with law enforcement agencies, weather stations, and other area superintendents and transportation directors for the latest update on the weather. In Scott County, we work very closely with the road department and are thankful for this partnership and support.
We strive to make our decision no later than 5:00am to inform parents, students, and employees in a timely manner. Because the decision process begins very early, there may be a need to make a revision later in the morning due to changing weather conditions. It is important for parents to continue checking local news sources in the event weather conditions dictate a change.
We know that schools are warm, safe places for students and want to be in school whenever possible. On school days, parents can help by making sure children are dressed appropriately for the weather, wearing hats, gloves, boots, and heavy coats.
All decisions are based on the safety of our students and we will always err on the side of caution in cases of inclement weather. Below please find some important reminders about the cancellation of school in Scott County.
What factors go in to making the decision to close school?
- Weather forecasts and anticipated impact on traffic
- Time when snow, ice, or freezing rain is expected to start and end
- Weather conditions expected after the snow, ice, or freezing rain
- Assessments from multiple local and state law enforcement agencies
- School district's assessment of school parking lot safety and accessibility of buildings
What happens if the weather becomes severe during the school day?
Every effort is made to keep students in school through regular dismissal; however, it may become necessary to dismiss students earlier than normal to ensure their safe transport. School officials monitor weather conditions throughout the day in consultation with local weather officials, the Kentucky Department of Transportation, and various law enforcement agencies.
What is NTI and how will parents know?
Scott County Schools offers Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) days. NTI days count as instruction days and may not have to be made up at the end of the school year if students and staff complete assigned work at home.
Listed below are some important points to remember for NTI days in Scott County:
- Not all snow days will be NTI days.
- Students will NOT attend school on a NTI day. All students will have assigned work to complete at home on these days. Schools have communicated their respective NTI plans.
- Visit the NTI day link at https://www.scott.kyschools.us/Content2/nti to find out specific information about NTI days for your school.
How can parents be ready?
Parents can prepare for school cancellation or early dismissal by having an identified procedure for their child to follow in these situations. We encourage parents to update email addresses and phone numbers with your school. Find out about school cancellation, early dismissal, and NTI days from local news sources.
- Scott County Schools text and email messaging system
- Follow Scott County Schools on Facebook (@scottcoschools)
- Television – WLEX (18), WKYT (27), WTVQ (36), WDKY (56)
- Local News – Georgetown News-Graphic text alerts