Schools monitor weather

So far no Jackson County schools have announced any decisions on whether they will be closed or on a delay Monday.

Seymour Community Schools Superintendent Rob Hooker said he has learned to not rely on weather forecasts too much.

That’s why he was taking a wait-and-see approach Sunday when deciding whether to delay or cancel school for Monday.

By midday Sunday, a massive winter storm predicted to hit the area with blizzard-like conditions had yet to arrive in Jackson County. Rain fell much of the morning before tapering off shortly before noon.

Hooker said he had doubts that Seymour would see the eight to 10 inches of snow originally forecast, but he still had concerns about temperatures.

Should the temperature drop into the single digits or below, he said school most likely would be closed Monday.

“It gets too cold, and skin can freeze,” he said. “We can’t have kids outside when it’s below zero.”

Predicted wind chill levels of -30 to -40 also play a role in the decision, he added.

“We’re just going to wait and see if the temperature starts dropping before we do anything,” he said.

Tim Fosbrink, director of transportation for Seymour Community Schools, said temperatures that low can also cause problems with the district’s fleet of buses.

“Just like any diesel, you can have fuel gelling issues,” he said.

On Friday, Fosbrink said he and staff treated the buses to help prevent that from happening.

“We should be in good shape, but you never know,” he said. “A couple of degrees makes a big difference.”

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