School District 303 runs out of salt

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 6:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 9:11 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles School District has run out of salt. It's uncertain what effect that might have on school activities, or when the district will receive additional supplies of salt.

Jim Blaney, the spokesman for School District 303, said of the district's salt supply, that it "is low to the point of being out." He said district officials were aware of the National Weather Service forecast for Monday that calls for "areas of blowing snow" with a high of 4 below zero. But he added that "in the end, decisions are based on actual conditions."

However, the district, like other local school districts, did announce school closings a day in advance during the deep freeze that took place in early January.

Blaney said such decisions are about "can we safely transport students to and from school. That doesn't change. That's always the case." He said the district shares its salt supplies with the city of St. Charles, but he could not speak on the status of St. Charles' salt supplies.

Asked whether the lack of salt would play a role in whether it is safe for students and teachers to walk from parking areas to the school, and whether that could be worked into a definition about whether students could be safely transported to and from school, Blaney said "right now, we have clear sidewalks and clear parking lots. If weather conditions change, that could affect whether or not we had school, but those decisions get made based on actual conditions, not a supposition of what might happen."

Blaney said he was not aware of the district running out of salt in the past.

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