Davis, Weber District schools delayed by ice

Posted at 6:11 AM, Jan 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-25 20:39:22-05

SALT LAKE CITY - Students at Davis and Weber School Districts got to go to school two hours late on Friday thanks to icy roads.

The district's emergency calling system let parents know about the delay, but some parents didn't get the message and brought their kids to school anyway.

"There will always be someone who doesn't get the message so we always have a principal or head custodian at all or schools in case there's a little guy who shows up and doesn't have a place to go," said Chris Williams with the Davis County School District.

Parent Sarah Clark decided that after dealing with all the ice yesterday, she kept her kids at home on Friday. 

"Everything is covered in ice. And even telling them to walk on the snow. The snow was covered in ice. It was ugly," she said.

But most parents decided to brave the conditions; Knowlton Elementary saw 97 percent of students at school even with the delayed start. Teachers were there to make sure all the kids were safe.

"The parents depend on us they want to make sure we are here. We got here early and greeted kids at the door to make sure they are safe and okay. A lot of them had question and we sat down and talked about it to make sure it was okay," said fifth grade teacher Vickie Burningham.

Knowlton Elementary Principal Grace Larsen said that it was better to have a half day instead of just cancel classes altogether and not worry about making up the time later, plus the extra couple hours gave them a chance to clear out the parking lots.

"It was treacherous, but we had help we had snow plows out there. We had ice removal. We had the salt. We had support from our custodian and from the district," Larsen said.

Davis County School District officials said that one school had to use ropes to get the kids in and out of the school on Thursday, but they didn't have those obstacles on Friday.