Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis said he anticipates classes will be held Friday, Feb. 14.
The Tennessee River currently is in moderate flood stage and according to Davis, around 75 county and private roads are closed.
“I always contact multiple agencies throughout the day and will always have the latest and best information possible to make school decisions. As it appears now, we will be able to go tomorrow as well, but again, we will continue to monitor and announce any change on that decision if it is needed,” he said Thursday morning.
The river is currently predicted to crest Saturday nearly a foot above major flood stage of 388 feet. Last February, the Tennessee River rose to 395 feet, resulting in a federal disaster declaration for Hardin County.
Schools were closed for multiple days as a result of the extraordinarily high water level.
Davis said the absentee rate for Tuesday and Wednesday was 6.9 percent, or 244 students, and “we can only confirm less than 15 were directly related to the flood water. That means 3,291 students attended school each day, were fed two meals, and had the opportunity to spend time with our amazing teachers and support staff.”
(Ed. note: This story has been edited since it was first posted to reflect an updated, higher predicted crest.)