Administrators in Nashville wasted no time apologizing for not cancelling classes sooner Friday morning.
Chief operating officer Chris Henson says conditions were much different at 5 a.m. as the first buses needed to get rolling. Snow appeared to be staying to the south of Davidson County. The district assured parents that school was on.
A couple of hours later, busloads of children were stuck on patches of ice. One skidded into a mailbox. And others were involved in minor accidents, though no serious injuries were reported.
UPDATE: Most of the school bus accidents today involved buses that had no students on board. Districtwide, no reports of injuries.
— Metro Schools (@MetroSchools) January 6, 2017
"We made the best decision we feel like with the information we had, realizing that conditions changed," Henson said at a 10 a.m. press conference. "If we would have known that those conditions were going to change, obviously, we would have made a different decision."
The district chose to release students early even as bus pick-ups were still underway.
Dr. Shawn Joseph concurred in and defended the earlier, bad decision not to initially close Metro-Davidson County Schools. #MNPS
— Dianna Y. L. Miller (@diannaylmiller) January 6, 2017
While questions on social media were focused at the new superintendent from Maryland, Henson says Shawn Joseph should not be blamed. Henson, who is a longtime administrator with the district, says his office ultimately made the call.