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Metro canceled school due to icy roads

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Renae Rouhoff's five children quickly scatter to different corners of the Adventure Science Center.

They're here on a Friday, because Metro Schools canceled classes.

"I got a phone call on my cell phone around 5 a.m. saying school is off, and I thought okay, so we slept in and have been hanging out ever since," said Rouhoff, who is new to Nashville.

She and her family moved to Music City from Omaha, Nebraska last August.

"Definitely not used to the small amount of snow that we get here and they cancel school," she said, "We're used to big amounts of snow and then canceled school."

Still, Rouhoff is glad MNPS officials made the call they did, even though streets in her neighborhood were clear.

"I would definitely rather be safe than sorry, because they're your kids. If something were to happen I would just rather stay home and have a snow day," Rouhoff explained.

MNPS Director of Transportation, Keith Phillips, told Nashville's News 2 he was up at 2 a.m. driving the roads in Davidson County, assessing the conditions.

"Pretty much all over the county they were fine," said Phillips, talking about road conditions, "We found some isolated areas over off Tyne Boulevard, in the Hillsboro area, a lot of black ice on the road there, and we just didn't feel like it was safe to get the bus in the road."

Phillips said the decision to close schools is one they take very seriously, but it's a decision that has to be made on a district-wide level.

"We have to either open or close as a school district because it is complicated," explained Phillips, "535 square miles going from the higher elevations up in Joelton to the lower elevations in Antioch and downtown, and we have to make decisions based district-wide rather than individual schools."

"This morning was a tough decision for us, but we think we made the right decision," Phillips told Nashville's News 2.

This is the first snow day for MNPS this school year.

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