Fayetteville Public Schools closed again Thursday

A person rides a bicycle along Mission Boulevard after a snow storm in Fayetteville in January 2024. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

Fayetteville Public Schools will be closed again on Thursday, Jan. 18 due to road conditions, officials announced.

School officials sent a notice on Wednesday afternoon stating they were still evaluating conditions.

“We have been out assessing the road conditions, and we’ve determined that the main roads and some of the hills that typically give our buses some problems in icy conditions have been treated and are in pretty good shape,” the afternoon update stated. “However, at the time of this email many of our neighborhood streets and roads remain sheets of ice, even with the sunshine today. We are hopeful we will see continued improvement.”

The final announcement that schools would be closed came at around 6:30 p.m.

From the announcement:

We continued to make assessments of road conditions up until the sun went down this afternoon. In fact, we even drove a school bus around the district to try some of the streets and roads. Unfortunately, there are still too many slick neighborhood streets and back roads for our school buses to safely drive on them. For us to be able to open schools tomorrow, we need ALL students to be able to get to school safely. 

Thursday’s cancellation means Fayetteville students will have been out of school for a full week due to winter weather and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

Graphic: Courtesy, Fayetteville Public Schools