The Carbon School District announced that the entire district will be closed on Friday due to weather.
“Carbon School District will be closed today. Please share,” the district released in a statement. “Stay off the roads if possible, they are slick.”
The snow day will give the district a four-day weekend as schools are also closed on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
On Friday morning, the school district released the following statement:
“Carbon School District’s decision to close schools on Jan. 18 was made because of warnings of ice on roads that could not only imperil those driving their children to school but also because of the danger it posed for the busing of students.
‘We received a call from Carbon County Dispatch early in the morning saying that they recommended canceling school,’ said Carbon School District Superintendent Lance Hatch. ‘I then called the county road shop and I was told that this was the first time in 19 years that they would recommend the schools be closed because of road conditions.’
Hatch said that the combination of wet snow and freezing temperatures had resulted in a layer of ice that coated roads throughout the county. He said that while crews were removing the snow from the roads, the ice was another matter.
‘It is never easy to decide to cancel school,” said Hatch. “One worries about having to make the day up and then when the sun comes out and everything melts it may appear it was unwarranted. But at the end of the day we need to keep our students and staff safe. We also need to trust in the advice of those that have experience in these matters and are out there dealing with the roads on a daily basis.’
The decision for when the day will be made up has not yet been made.”