Slick Road Conditions Lead To Metro OKC School Closures On Tuesday
OKLAHOMA CITY - Slick road conditions in metro neighborhoods lead to another round of school closures. Below freezing temperatures and icy roads make for a third snow day as the major districts call off classes for Tuesday.
Oklahoma City school officials say the biggest concern is making sure all 43,000 students and about 2,000 employees make it to and from school safely.
"This was about as close to record breaking as you can get," said OKCPS Dir. of Facilities, Billy Goldsmith.
Work crews with Oklahoma City public schools work throughout the day trying to clear snow and ice off school campus roads and sidewalks.
But it's been quite a task. There are 89 schools in the district.
"We weren't really anticipating exactly what was going to go on," Goldsmith said.
"The safety and security of our children is our utmost responsibility, and we're just not going to do it," said OKCPS Chief Human Resource officer, Rod McKinley.
OKC schools will close for a third day because of slick roads. Other metro school districts aren't taking any chances either, and are following suit.
"The side roads aren't getting any better," McKinley said.
Meanwhile, over on "sleigh hill" near I-44, it's a sledders paradise.
"But I need to go back to work, and the kids need to go back to school. So it's a little frustrating when you can go to the movies, and you can drive here to go sledding, but you can't get to school," said Letitia Anthony.
Anthony and her twin boys drove from Edmond.
"I wish there was a way to salt, or plow, or do something," Anthony said.
"It's tough to keep them busy and keep them occupied," said Eric Sanderson. "But we're doing our best."
Eric Sanders drove in from Mustang with his son Tillman and his two friends Ryan and Trey.
"They can make up anything they're not learning right now," said Sanderson. "This only comes so often, so might as well enjoy it while it's here."
Most metro schools districts have built in at least five snow days for the year. OKCPS school officials say three days shouldn't put students behind.