Why KCPS stayed open when all other districts closed for ice

Posted at 11:38 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 13:11:46-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People living in the Kansas City area woke up to another round of icy conditions on roads and power lines Thursday.

The conditions caused more than 150 schools to be closed around the Kansas City area.

All of the major school districts closed because too many roads had ice on them or were not treated. In Kansas City, Superintendent Mark Bedell said it was a different situation.

"Because our kids have been out of school since last Thursday, I serve a 100% free and reduced school system when it comes to lunch, the road conditions warrant that we should have school. I appreciate the council of our experts who go out and do this so we decided it was important to have school today," said Dr. Bedell.

In Kansas City, crews worked from 7 p.m. Wednesday until early Thursday morning clearing roads.

Superintendent Bedell says four teams drove around the city Thursday morning to check road conditions, and they felt the roads were safe.

He also says, with students being out nearly a week from school, some students only meal is at school.

"The one constant that our kids tend to have is school and if we believe people are able to navigate around right now, the conditions are far better than they are in the northland or in some of our other school districts where they have had to cancel."