Updated: Alabama Schools Close, Switch To Virtual Learning On Monday, Jan. 22, Due To Icy Road Conditions

Aiexpress – Several school systems in north Alabama have decided to extend their closures on Monday, Jan. 22. This decision has been made due to ongoing problems caused by the snow and ice that occurred recently.

School closures affect major school systems in north Alabama, including Huntsville and Madison districts.

Some students will have to miss a full week of classes due to this, and they will have to make up for the missed classes at the end of the year. Although the state will start to warm up on Monday, school officials in north Alabama are still concerned about icy roads.

The University of Alabama at Huntsville has announced that it will return to its regular operations starting on Monday.

We will continue to update this list as more announcements are made.


Athens City Schools has announced that due to the lingering ice and the resulting travel difficulties on secondary roads, they will be implementing eLearning on Monday, January 22. This means that there will be no in-person classes held on that day. The school advises students who do not have access to a device or internet service to make up any missed work once school resumes.

Colbert County Schools have announced that all their schools will be closed on Monday, January 22, 2024. The situation will be re-evaluated on Monday at 1:00 PM, and a decision regarding Tuesday will be announced by 2:00 PM.

Decatur City Schools will implement a two-hour delay for students on Monday, January 22. This decision aims to effectively address various concerns, such as resolving bus start-up issues, ensuring the safe travel of staff from other locations, and enabling CNP staff to receive food deliveries and prepare lunches. However, please note that breakfast will not be served tomorrow. Additionally, Decatur Middle School will continue with remote learning as repairs are being conducted to address the water damage caused last week.

Florence City Schools announced that they will not be able to resume classes on Monday, January 22, 2024, due to the continued poor road conditions. The safety of students and staff remains a top priority, and until the road conditions improve, it is not feasible to have a safe return to school.

Franklin County Schools will be closed on Monday.

Haleyville City Schools announced that while most roads have been cleared, there are still five bus routes that are considered unsafe. In addition, a second water line has burst at HHS, making it unsafe to serve food in the lunchroom. As a result, HCS has made the decision to switch to virtual learning on January 22nd, 2024. The school is currently working on resolving these issues and developing an alternative food plan for Tuesday if necessary. While this may not be the desired news for parents, the safety of students remains the school’s top priority.

Hartselle City Schools will have a 2-hour delay on Monday.

Huntsville City Schools have announced that in order to prioritize the safety and efficiency of students and teachers following the recent extreme winter weather, there will be no school on Monday, January 22. As a precautionary measure, both 11 and 12 month employees will report to campuses with a delayed start at 11 a.m. on January 22. The employees will be working diligently to ensure that the campuses are safe and conducive to teaching and learning before the students return. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, January 23, with regular school start times for both students and employees.

Jackson County Schools have announced that all of their schools will be closed on Monday, January 22, 2024. This decision has been made due to the challenging road conditions and freezing temperatures in the rural areas of the county. The safety and well-being of the students and staff members remain the top priority, and the school administration is closely collaborating with the Jackson County EMA to implement necessary safety measures. The school authorities appreciate the understanding and cooperation of everyone involved during this situation.

Lauderdale County Schools have announced that they will remain closed for Monday, January 22, 2024, due to the ongoing poor conditions of the county roads and many of their campuses. The safety of their students and employees is their utmost concern. A decision regarding Tuesday’s schedule will be made after lunch on Monday.

Lawrence County Schools announced that they will be closed on January 22, 2024, due to the dangerous conditions of the backroads. Although some roads have been cleared, the school administration is taking precautions to ensure the safety of its students and staff. In order to prepare the campuses for reopening on Tuesday, 12-month employees are requested to report by 9:00 am.

The Limestone County Schools have announced that they will be closed on Monday, January 22, 2024, due to the lingering ice on secondary roads in the county. However, they will be monitoring the road conditions and intend to resume school on Tuesday.

Madison City Schools announced via email that they would not be reopening on Monday, January 22nd. Although the main roads in the city were clear, the school district decided to keep the schools closed due to icy conditions on secondary roads, neighborhood roads, and school entrances. The transportation of buses would be affected by these problems. However, teachers and staff were instructed to report to their assigned schools at a designated time on Monday. The school district plans to resume regular school days on Tuesday, January 23rd, as the forecasted temperatures and road conditions are expected to improve by then.

Madison County Schools announced that they will be closing their campuses on Monday, January 22, 2024, due to the observed county road conditions. The decision prioritizes the safety of students and staff. While there have been improvements in the road conditions, the concern lies in the potential refreezing of moisture, which could result in the formation of black ice. By postponing the start of school, temperatures will have the chance to rise above freezing, allowing for the complete melting of any residual ice and reducing travel risks. The school hopes to resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, unless further changes are necessary. Families will be notified of any updates via email and text messages.

Marion County Schools announced that they will be closed tomorrow, January 22nd, due to the ongoing icy conditions on secondary county roads and water issues in various areas of the county. The school district hopes that the situation will improve tomorrow as temperatures are expected to warm up into the 50’s.

Muscle Shoals city schools announced that they will not be open on Monday, January 22, 2024. Although main roads are now passable, neighborhood roads, county roads, sidewalks, and parking lots are still covered with ice and slush. Unfortunately, the weekend temperatures are not expected to rise enough to improve conditions for a safe reopening on Monday morning. The school administration hopes that much warmer temperatures on Monday will help melt away the remaining ice, allowing them to open the schools and parking lots. Chad Holden, the Superintendent, expressed his gratitude and optimism, stating, “Thank you, and we look forward to HOPEFULLY seeing everyone on Tuesday.”

Northwest Shoals Community College has announced that due to the ongoing hazardous icy road conditions, campus-based operations will remain closed on Monday, January 22nd. However, classes will continue to be conducted in a virtual format to ensure that students’ education is not disrupted.

Russellville City Schools announced that they will not be opening tomorrow, January 22, 2024. The decision was made due to the icy road conditions that pose a safety risk for traveling, especially for the buses, students, and parents.

Scottsboro City Schools announced that they will be implementing a 2-hour delay on Monday, January 22, 2024. Nelson, Caldwell, and Collins schools will open at 9:15 a.m., with the tardy bell ringing at 9:45 a.m. SJHS and SHS will open their doors at 9:45 a.m., with the tardy bell ringing at 10:15 a.m. The school administration is excited to welcome back their students, faculty, and staff on Monday.

Sheffield City Schools announced that they will remain closed on Monday, January 22, 2024, due to winter weather. All buildings and facilities of Sheffield City Schools will also be closed, and students and staff are not allowed to access them for any activities, athletics, or extracurricular activities. The school administration will provide updates regarding school information for Tuesday by 2:00 pm on Monday, allowing families to plan accordingly.

Tuscumbia City Schools announced that they will be closed on Monday, Jan. 22nd due to the current road conditions.

The University of North Alabama announced that remote instruction will resume on Monday, January 22, with no in-person classes. The administrative offices of UNA will be staffed starting at 10:30 AM. Students are advised to stay updated on any changes or instructions from their faculty members by regularly checking Canvas.

Winston County Schools announced that due to safety concerns on rural roads and issues with water and heating, students will not be attending school on Monday, January 22nd. However, there will be a teacher in-service day, and teachers are expected to report to school from 8:00-3:00, unless they are unable to travel safely. The school administration will also be discussing the possibility of converting future virtual days to in-person classes in order to make the most of instructional time.

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