• School districts close schools due to extremely cold weather

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mid-South is experiencing one of the coldest starts for January on record.

    Wind chills are in the single digits, and the cold is causing problems for people, pets, homes, and now schools.

    FOX13 has learned that two school districts have closed schools Wednesday as temperatures continue to drop.

    Clarksdale Municipal School District has closed all schools for January 3. 

    According to the Clarksdale Superintendent, heat problems are in isolated areas at this point.

    The following statement was released regarding the issue: 

    We have been working basically non-stop with our own maintenance staff and with a private contractor to address each issue as it arises.

    Principals have been instructed to relocate teachers and students to other classrooms in their facilities that are warm as we work to address each heating issue. Right now we estimate that 90-95% of our heating issues have been resolved.

    School was canceled yesterday, January 3rd, to allow the workmen time  get many of the major issues addressed. The attendance day that we missed will be made up on President's Day.

    McNairy County Schools canceled classes for Wednesday-Friday after mechanical issues with busses were caused by extremely cold temperatures. All classes will resume Monday, January 8.

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    Additionally, Millington Municipal Schools canceled classes Thursday, January 4th due to, "sub-freezing temperatures and heating issues that have affected multiple classrooms across the district."

    St. Benedict will also be closed on Thursday January 4th. Weather-related maintenance issues are the reason for the closing. Classes should resume Friday, January 5.

    Helena-West Helena Schools have also canceled classes Friday, January 5 due to issues with the water line break.

    If your school district is closing schools or if you're expecting delays, email FOX13 Memphis at news@FOX13Memphis.com.


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