Pulaski County School System
School Closing and Alternate Schedule
During the winter, many children in Pulaski County dream of waking to find snow covering the roads and a voice coming through the radio announcing that schools will be closed. For them, it means sleeping a little longer and a day of fun. For parents, it means making alternate arrangements for their children.
It is our goal to stay on the school schedule as much possible. However, changes in transportation routes, school opening and closing times, and attendance dates may be required due to winter weather. Hazardous weather situations require cooperation and good communication between home and school so that the quality of education is not lowered and the welfare of children is safeguarded. Please have a plan in place for your child when schools are closed, when there is a time delay, or when buses are operating on alternate routes. There is always controversy and confusion surrounding the decision to close school. School closure decisions do not please everyone; however, our primary concern in making such decisions is the safety and welfare of our students.
Decisions which involve changing schedules or closing schools are made only after consultation with several information sources which may include: weather forecasters, Kentucky State Police, local Sheriff and City Police departments, and news media. In addition, the superintendent and designated staff assess road conditions and conduct on-site evaluations of 80-120 miles of roads in all areas of the county.
Pulaski County is a large and diverse geographic region in which weather conditions can vary greatly. There may be times when snow covers the northern part of the county while the southern region reports only rain. All schools in the Pulaski County School System are one unit. If roads are hazardous in one area of the county, then all schools will close. However, the Memorial Daycare program will remain open even when regular school is not in session due to weather situations. This program will close only if weather is extremely severe.
Schools, by state law, are required to be open for the equivalent of 175 days of instruction. If any time is missed, it must be made up. If hazardous conditions exist and it is necessary to make changes in the daily school schedule, one of the operation plans listed below will be announced and used. Working together, we will be able to successfully address the winter weather.
When an announcement is made that there will be no school in the Pulaski County School System, ALL schools will be closed.
Information will be given to the media sources listed and relayed through various other technology sources. School offices and administrators will not have any information other than what is broadcast over these media outlets.
Pulaski County 911 Center
WLLK RADIO 102.3 FM (SOMERSET)
WSEK RADIO 93.9 FM (SOMERSET)
WJQQ RADIO 97.1 FM (SOMERSET)
WSEKAM RADIO 910 AM (SOMERSET)
WTLO RADIO 1480 AM (SOMERSET)
WYKY RADIO 106.1 FM (SOMERSET)
WSFC RADIO 1240 AM (SOMERSET)
WKYM RADIO 101.7 FM (MONTICELLO)
WMKZ RADIO 93 (MONTICELLO)
WKYT TV CH 27 CBS (LEXINGTON)
WTVQ TV CH 36 ABC (LEXINGTON)
WLEX TV CH 18 NBC (LEXINGTON)
WDYK TV CH 56 FOX (LEXINGTON)
WYMT TV CH 57 (HAZARD)
PLAN “B” – MAIN ROAD OR SAFE ROAD ONLY PICK UP
Buses will not travel snow covered or icy secondary roads. Bus drivers will tell students where they will be picked up and dropped off when Plan B is in effect. Most often, those pick up/drop off points will be the nearest CLEAR main road. Parents are responsible to get students to the planned pick up location and to be waiting at the drop off point at the end of the school day.
If Plan “B” is called in the morning, it will remain in effect the entire day.
Should weather conditions begin to deteriorate during the day or there is another emergency, school may be dismissed early. Children will be dropped off at the regular bus stop as conditions permit. If special arrangements are necessary, parents should contact the school.
Should any day be considered an “iLearn Day”, Superintendent, Steve Butcher, will make the announcement. Students will be expected to complete the assignment as indicated for that day. Teachers will be available via email or by phone for questions.