Districts should err on the side of caution

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Jan. 18, 2010 Editorial

ISSUE: Snow day decisions
OUR VIEW: Better safe than sorry

When it comes to the safety of our children, our local school districts should live by a simple motto: Better safe than sorry.

So when officials from Hardin County, Elizabethtown Independent and LaRue County schools decide whether to have school on snowy days, we trust that those officials are living by that motto and doing what is best for the thousands of children who will be in their care when they step onto one of their school buses.

The decision to cancel school often is not an easy task. What may seem like roadways that can be traveled safely in Elizabethtown and Radcliff, often are nothing more than a false sense of security given the miles that must be traveled outside of Hardin County’s two largest cities.

The three local districts are quite different.

EIS is a small district with city streets to cover for student distribution. Often, those streets receive early care to battle snow and ice and they are the most traveled.

HCS and LCS are a combination of city streets and a rural landscape. School officials who venture into the night while most are asleep to test the roads against winter’s challenges must base their final decisions on what is best and safest for the thousands of students who will travel to their schools by bus, car or on foot.

We believe school officials in all of our area school districts take the job of deciding whether or not to put students in school and on dangerous roads extremely seriously.

Living by the “better safe than sorry” mantra will go a long way in making the right decision.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.