ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost just completed a conference call with regional superintendents, “and everybody is planning on closing tomorrow (Friday), so that word should start circulating — right now.”

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Although Knost is not convinced the ice will be as severe as some are thinking, “I think there’s enough concern that it could cause some slick roads, and we don’t want a repeat of the event we had back in December.”

The superintendent called it “one of the easiest conference calls as superintendents that we have had in a long time.”

They typically would not call off school based only on a forecast, “but this is ice, they’re pretty sure it’s going to happen,” Knost says, adding that making the decision early allows families more time to arrange childcare.

“We really felt that the answer was going to be the same, whether it was right now or 10 o’clock tonight,” he says.

The decision to cancel classes Friday was unanimous across the St. Louis region, he says — definitely within St. Louis city and county.

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