Weather Aware

Oneida Special School District closes early due to weather

ONEIDA, Tenn. (WATE) - Oneida school officials decided to dismiss kids at noon on Friday with freezing rain and snow in the forecast. 

"The reason we dismissed early is because of the elevation of where we live," said Jeanny Hatfield, Oneida Special Schools Superintendent.  "When things get bad here they get bad very quickly and some of the roads are treacherous and we just cannot put this kids at risk."

Around noon, when kids were being picked up, the temperature was around 60 degrees but mom of four, Abby Chitwood, says the early dismissal was still a good idea. 

"I know in West Tennessee they have already got the snow," said Chitwood. "So, it can come anytime and it's coming quick, so, I believe it's the best idea to get out early so every body gets home quick and everybody gets home safe."

Chitwood says the roads in Oneida can get very dangerous during bad weather.

"It's very slick," said Chitwood. "I actually live in Winfield and I live on a back road and there is wrecks all the time on that back road, especially the curves that people have to go around. Our roads are little here so sometimes they are one car roads and they get very slick."

Chitwood says everyone getting home from school safe is the most important thing.

"I think everybody already has places to go," said Chitwood. "People will always have their backup, people to pick their kids up, we never have a problem with people coming and getting their kids on days like that."
 


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