Tue January 21, 2014
Chart: The Times Weather Caused JCPS to Close Schools Since 1980
Update Feb. 10: JCPS closed again on Monday because of winter weather. Now, JCPS has closed eight days during the 2013-14 academic year.
Update Feb. 5: Since this story was originally published, Jefferson County Public Schools has twice called off schools. JCPS has now closed on seven school days during the 2013-14 academic year.
Jefferson County Public Schools (and many other Louisville area school districts) called off classes Tuesday even before snow really started falling.
It was a prescient decision—roads throughout the region became slick during the morning commute.
Tuesday marks the fifth day JCPS has closed because of weather during the 2013-14 school year. It's the third most during a single school year since 1980-1981, according to data provided by JCPS.
The most missed school days in those 34 school years came in 2008-09—10 days out, which include the wind storm in fall 2008 and the ice storm of January 2009. In 1993-94, JCPS closed schools for six days, mostly because of this massive snow storm. In 10 school years starting in 1980-81, JCPS didn't cancel any classes.
Last week, JCPS administrators explained how they make their winter weather decisions.
Now, let's look at how many times they've closed school since 1980-81:
June 6 will be the last day of classes for JCPS students this school year—provided JCPS doesn't close again in the future.