School Districts Calling Off School For Thursday’s Winter Storm

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. ANN, MO. (KTVI) – With the ice and snow moving into the St. Louis area, school systems were cancelling Thursday classes in droves Wednesday night.  By 10:00 pm most major school districts in the area had already made the call for the morning.

What’s unusual about the cancellations is the fact they were made based solely on forecast data.   Administrators usually like to get a look at their district’s most treacherous bus routes with the snow falling before making a decision.  But the timing of this storm, which is expected to really kick in well after classes would have started, forced the hand of area superintendents.

“Because this storm has an ice component to and it doesn’t really start up until after school’s in session we felt it was prudent to just call the whole day off because we don’t really know exactly what we’re into  once the school day begins tomorrow,” Pattonville Superintendent Mike Fulton said.

Fulton was the first large district superintendent to pull the plug on Thursday.  Then the dominos began falling.  Just before 8pm Kirkwood, normally a holdout on snow days, had also cancelled classes.

“It’s very scary, school busses on icy roads and how quickly they can get that cleaned off,” spokesperson Ginger Cayce said.

Follow George Sells on Twitter:
On Twitter: Twitter@GeorgeSells

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.


Latest News

More News