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Rural roads cancel classes

BRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- Sunday night's snow forced another round of school closings and may keep some students out of class Tuesday as well.
   
It's pushing the end of the school year and high school  graduation into June for several districts.  So what forces the smaller districts to call off class so often?

We came to Bracken County Monday because they're the polar bears and thought if anyone could handle the snow it would be them.  For the 16th day this school year, the polar bears are snowed out. 

At the local grocery store, Chris Noonan was shopping with some of his five children who are home again. 

"They been getting cabin fever from being home so much.  It's been too cold for them to go out and play plus everything's snowed under," Noonan said.
      
The last day of school has been pushed to June 3rd.  Gena Brumley got some extra hours at the store because of the snow day but is worried about her graduation getting pushed back further into June.

Brumley tells us, "It's definitely changed how I feel about going to school.  Like now I really want to go to school.  You know what I mean?"

No one wants the schools to open more than the Bracken County School Superintendent.  It's his call on these snowy days and he doesn't take the decision lightly.  When the first snow hits the ground in Bracken County, Superintendnt Jeff Aulick hits the road.

Aulick said, "We'll be out checking roads usually on a night like last night we'll be out about 6 to 8 before we make a decision."
      
Aulick cruises 6 critical roads to check conditions for  20 bus routes.  Monday at noon, Salem Ridge Road was still snow packed.  Wagel Road was treated but still hard to drive.

With 800 children on buses on these roads every day, you can see why Jeff Aulick calls off class.  Even when the kids on those buses are polar bears. 

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