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School's ON in Fort Thomas

By Stefano DiPietrantonio – bio |email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX10) - Nearly every school in our area canceled classes Tuesday. But one school district stands alone, in the snow, and got a frosty reception from plenty of parents.

When most of their friends in other schools had the day off, it seems it will take a lot more than several inches of snow, to cancel classes in Fort Thomas.

"It's always difficult making decisions when the weather's inclement and the process is the same every time," said Fort Thomas Superintendent John Williamson. He told FOX 19 he felt fine after speaking with the road crews very early Tuesday morning.

"They assured me they were good to go," Williamson said. "I think what happened this morning was a little unusual, the prediction was there'd be a break in the snow."

We did see a break in the snow, a dry slot as it's referred to, but it was short-lived.

"Well it wasn't snowing this morning when we dropped the girls off but it was fine," said one parent.

But the snow machine kept right on cranking. Students took tentative, slushy steps, but at least you could see the crosswalks in Fort Thomas, better than most people around the tri-state.

"We only transport a limited number of students to school around ten students in the mornings," Williamson said. "So most days, our students are walking to school or their parents are driving them or students are driving themselves."

"The roads were a little bad, kinda slid a little bit getting here," said parent Maria Reynolds.

Parents were not thrilled with the snowy drive in, and plenty of staff, who don't live in Fort Thomas.

"I think it's a tough decision I think ultimately though for the kid's safety and for maybe the fun of the kids it's probably better that maybe have a snow day," said another parent.

Superintendent Williamson said he also gets calls to dismiss early.

"And there's a little irony in that," Williamson said. "Because in working with the city officials they have their road crews times in such a way that the roads will be clear and safe for student travel at the end of the school day around 3 o'clock."

Students put their game faces on, tackling art and science projects. Just a regular school day for most students.

"I would have been able to go to work if I wouldn't have had to come pick-up and drop off because we only have one good snow vehicle," complained one parent.

"I would have had a snow day today," echoed another parent.

"I've grown up here, I've always had it so I'm used to it," said another parent.

"Snow day!" a group of kids screamed. "Snow day!" But sadly, it will not be a snow day as school is planned for Wednesday.

Sure, it may not feel great now, going to school when the rest of the world is out playing in the snow. But where would you rather be, when the sun is shining and you're stuck inside the classroom making up those snow days.

Meantime, kids in Fort Thomas will already enjoying the warm summer sunshine, which can't get here fast enough.

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