While The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a “cold, snowy season from Tennessee west to Arizona and throughout the Rocky Mountain states all the way north to Canada,” it’s also predicting “above-normal snowfall” in the Tennessee Valley this winter. The almanac predicts a good chance for snow here as early as the first week of December as well as for Dec. 29-31, Jan. 1 – 9 and Feb. 1 – 5.
What does that mean for schools?
Middle Tennessee parents know that just about anything can happen in Tennessee when it comes to winter weather. The mere mention of snow sends everybody scrambling to the grocery store for supplies; schools go on high alert … and then snow doesn’t happen.
Meanwhile, brush up on the local inclement weather policy:
WILLIAMSON COUNTY SCHOOLS
Parents of students in Williamson County receive school closing notifications on their phones and on Facebook, through email and Twitter.
“We try to call parents and staff by 9 p.m. if school will be canceled the next day,” says Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney. “We will continue to try and call the night before, but if that is not possible, the district will begin calling homes as early as 5:30 in the morning the day school is closed.”
FRANKLIN SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Parents of students in the Franklin Special School District use a system called Blackboard Connect for school-to-parent communication. The service allows the district to send voice messages to parents within minutes of making a snow-closing decision.