Schools and Emergency Management Monitoring Winter Weather

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The threat of winter weather has local emergency management agencies and officials at one of Warren County's largest employers on alert.

According to one official at Warren County Public School's transportation department, the district would typically have 190 buses with 9,000 students to transport to and from school Friday, and that doesn't include the concerns for those who drive themselves to school.

"With 3,000 kids maybe that are driving to school, and all those employees and buses. We've got to make the right decision," said Warren County Schools Transportation Director John Odom.

To make that decision of whether to cancel, delay or let out early, they constantly monitor multiple weather prediction sources and stay in touch with local emergency management, which helps keep nearly everyone in the community informed.

"We watch discussions with the National Weather Service. We watch local media. As we see that things are going to turn to the dark side, we start giving information out to the agencies we work with, police departments, law enforcement, fire service, EMS, just to give them a heads up of what the possibilities are," said Warren County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Pearson.

Just weeks ago, they developed plans with the school system regarding what to do in these situations.

'It's really a real life event for us, of what we actually practiced a few weeks ago. We really work with Ronnie and they give us some good advice," said Odom.

Odom says the district also has eyes on the road conditions before a decision is made.

"We have like 30 spotters. They're all bus drivers. They know exactly what a bus can do on the road," said Odom.

For now, Odom says they will continue to wait and monitor the situation. Bowling Green Independent Schools say they are also closely monitoring the weather, and hope to make a decision about their school day by 5:45 Friday morning. You can keep up with all the reported closings here on our web channel by the link to our polar report.


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