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Most schools except Waynesville closed Monday; FLW liberal leave in effect
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 4, 2010) — Poor weather conditions in rural areas led school officials in most of the six rural school districts serving the Fort Leonard Wood area to call a snow day for what was supposed to be their first day back from class after Christmas break. However, the Waynesville R-VI School District will be in session with buses traveling on snow routes only.

As of 5 a.m. Monday morning, school officials for the Crocker R-II School District, Dixon R-I School District, and Laquey R-V School District had announced that they will not hold classes. Classes in the Plato R-V School District and Richland R-IV School District were not scheduled to begin until Tuesday; Monday was a scheduled teacher in-service date for both districts.

No information was immediately available regarding classes in the Swedeborg R-III School District.

Waynesville school transportation officials were traveling Pulaski County roads around 4 a.m., including traditionally bad areas such as Summit Pass and Highway T, to determine if the roads were safe for parents and school buses to travel.

The snow route list can be found on the internet at this link:

Waynesville school bus snow routes

For those working at Fort Leonard Wood, post officials indicate that military personnel and civilian employees should report at their normal times but a liberal leave policy is in effect. That means people should contact their supervisor for additional guidance if they anticipate difficulty getting to work.

Road conditions throughout the installation are at amber status, which means they are considered “difficult to hazardous,” with drivers needing to slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit to maintain traction and a safe stopping distance.

No accidents have yet been reported on post due to weather conditions, but post officials warn that drivers should be aware of slick spots.

According to National Weather Service reports, no more snow is expected until Wednesday and conditions today are expected to be mostly sunny and cold with high temperatures near 15 degrees. Due to a north wind between 6 and 9 mph, wind chills could drop as low as minus 7 degrees.

Dixon school officials cited the “extreme cold temperatures” in addition to road conditions as a reason for cancelling their classes.

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