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Shelby County Schools out for third straight day

All Shelby County Schools will be closed on Wednesday, March 5. All before- and after-school activities, including athletics, will also be canceled. All District offices will be open during regular business hours. 

The decision to close schools was made due to the factors below:

Based on reports from city and county officials and a first-hand review of areas throughout the district by the SCS TransportatiIce storm school zoneon/Safety team, we know that an overwhelming majority of streets in the city and suburbs are clear. However, dangerous conditions still exist in some of our rural areas.

Presently, more than 40 schools are impacted by ice and snow, mostly in the Northern region. Because bus schedules throughout the district are inter-related, it is difficult to close only this region. For instance, the Millington area bus lot serves dozens of schools across the Northern portion of the district, including some within the city of Memphis. Special education buses also transport students to cluster programs throughout the city and suburbs.

We have several schools, some within the city, where parts of buildings cannot be accessed due to icy conditions. At least five schools are also without power, including three in Memphis. Additionally, reported icy roads and sidewalks and downed trees and power lines in the city and county may also impact students walking or being driven to school. 

Additionally, more schools could be impacted by morning due to the likelihood of conditions to worsen as existing snow and ice melts and temperatures continue to drop further below freezing.

All employees who work in an administrative office should report for regular business hours. Only non-instructional operational staff (i.e. maintenance/facilities) should contact their supervisors regarding duties in schools on Wednesday. All other school-based employees, including principals, should not report to work.

MLGW Restoration Update: March 4

As of 4 p.m., about 8,500 customers remain without power. MLGW employees will continue to work tonight to restore services to customers without power following Sunday’s storm. Power has been restored to nearly 74,000 customers to this point and it will be several more days before power is restored to all customers.

More than 50 crews are currently in the field working to repair MLGW’s electric system. There are now 12 outside crews that are working alongside MLGW employees – three other mutual aid crews have been delayed due to icy roads. MLGW will have a heavy presence in the northwest (Frayser, Shelby Forest, Millington) part of Shelby County through the end of the restoration process, where the storm’s damage was heaviest. MLGW crews continue to work in 16-hour shifts.

MLGW is asking customers who are still without power to call the MLGW Outage Hotline at 544-6500 to make sure their outage is logged in the system. To report an outage, customers will need to have their account number or the phone number that’s associated with their account. To report an emergency such as downed wires or gas leaks, please call 528-4465. This number should be treated like 911 and only used for these types of emergencies.

Downed Power Lines MLGW is reinforcing the need for safety around downed power lines and other potential hazards. Customers should avoid contact with downed power lines—even if their home or area has experienced a loss of power the lines could still be energized

Customers are also asked to avoid the immediate area where MLGW crews are working. These work sites can be extremely hazardous.

Outage numbers can be tracked via MLGW’s outage map at



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