Alcoa City schools closed. Blount County Schools stayed open. Maryville City Schools stayed open, telling parents who were not already on the road to stay home.
Freezing rain hit just as commuters and parents were heading out on Tuesday morning. Temperatures at 7 a.m. was at 30 degrees and what was a misty rain began to freeze. At 8 a.m., E-911 dispatch said they had more than 35 wrecks reported.
Blount County Schools director Alvin Hord said that Blount County students unable to make it to class because of slick roads will have an excused absence.
Hord said the decision was made at 5:30 a.m. to have school. By 8 a.m., ice had made it difficult for motorists to navigate some area roads, but many of the students were already at school, and Hord said he didn’t want to put students back out on to the slick streets.
“At this point I’m reluctant to send people back home and get people back on the road and cause it to be much worse,” he said.
Students already at school will go to class. “The ones not there, if they can’t make it, will be excused,” Hord said. “At this point, we’ve got a lot of kids at school and if we turned out school now, we would bring people back on the road at the worst time.”