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JCPS reacts to parents angry over decision not to close school

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Snow-covered roads and hundreds of school buses: parents say it has been a dangerous mix.

Many of them are asking why JCPS did not cancel or delay school today.

JCPS officials say the decision was made between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. today, when the roads were still clear -- but that is not what parents who had to deal with this mess wanted to hear.

Michelle Williams is one of hundreds of JCPS parents complaining about the decision to send children to school today. She described her daughter's reaction to the decision to keep schools open.

"She and I both were looking at the news with hopes of JCPS changing what we were reading as 'open' to 'maybe delayed,'" Williams said. "We started hearing about the traffic reports, and she heard it as well, and so she decided, 'Momma, please don't make me ride the bus.'"

Williams said driving her daughter to school this morning was dangerous and scary.

The snow hit in the middle of the morning commute and led to several school districts closing or delaying school -- but both JCPS and Oldham County did not. As a result, there were several accidents involving school buses this morning.

Two buses collided on River Trail Drive in southern Jefferson County.

Meanwhile, JCPS officials are standing behind the decision to keep schools open and on schedule today.

"You have to have a little bit of extra care," said JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey. "You have to go a little bit slower. And we did. And we were able to get the students to school safely today. So, whether or not snow falls on the ground isn't the measure. It's whether that snow falls on the ground and is creating a dangerous situation. We can drive in adverse scenarios. Driving in dangerous scenarios is something completely different."

We are still waiting to talk to Oldham County as well. Meanwhile, the temperatures are dropping, but JCPS officials don't expect to call school off early today.

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