Parents confused by NACS partial delay

Northwest Allen County Schools only put middle and high school students on a 2-hour delay. The elementary schools went on time.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 11:04 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Ice Wednesday morning caused many schools in northeast Indiana to delay at the last minute.

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Northwest Allen County Schools only put middle and high school students on a 2-hour delay. The elementary schools went on time.

Many parents in the district were confused by the decision.

"It was a little weird to kind of see my kids on time with it being a little icy this morning," said B.J.. Vayavong, a NACS parent.

"I thought it was pretty unusual, but it was probably wise," said Jill Shaw, another NACS parent.

Shaw, whose children attend a NACS elementary, was one of many parents who were confused by the way NACS operated on a two hour delay for some students.

"It was really icy this morning. We almost slid down the driveway getting into the car," she said.

NACS Chief Communications Officer Lizzette Downey said when administrators were checking roads Wednesday morning, things were fine.

However, it wasn't until after the elementary buses were about half way done with their routes when the roads started to get bad.

"Bus drivers were saying 'Hey, this is slick and things are changing quickly.' We advised them to pull over if they needed to. Then by 6:50, we knew there was a problem and we needed to act," Downey said.

"My wife called me a little after 7 and talked about how icy it was and how the kids were getting on the bus and falling on their butts everywhere," said Vayavong.

The timing of Wednesday's rain and ice couldn't have come at a worse time for some.

Fort Wayne Community Schools stayed on time because the ice hit well past their 5 a.m. deadline to call for a 2-hour delay.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said they couldn't get ahead of because it all started as rain, which would wash the salt off the road.

Downey said hopefully the partial delay will be a one time thing.

Despite it being confusing, parents think it was the right call for the moment.

"It was probably still a good move even if they didn't delay for the younger kids, the high schoolers were not driving," said Shaw.

"As long as the kids were safe, that's all that matters," said Vayavong.

NACS wasn't the only district to make a late decision to delay.

Some schools farther north made the call at the same time, only sending the buses that were out back home.

Downey said that wasn't an option at NACS because because many parents already went to work and couldn't drop kids off unexpectedly.

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