School Officials Waited for Snow Before Closing Schools

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County School officials worked through the night and into early Tuesday morning to determine whether schools will be delayed or closed.

They did end up closing schools in Kanawha County because of the morning snowfall.

“A lot of it has to do with the route and plus how far they have to go up a holler, and a lot of it has to do with icy roads, and it's anything really that we need to take into consideration,” Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring told WSAZ.com.

Duerring said when there is a threat of severe weather, a handful of people carefully monitor the roads before making the call.

“It's not always an exact science and sometimes no matter what choice you make it's not the right one for some people,” Duerring said.

South Charleston mom Laura Blackhurst says while she watches for the official county decision, she comes to her own conclusion about her preschooler.

“My road is not a mandatory road that’s salted so if we can't get out and the four-wheel drive can't get out, she doesn't go to school,” Blackhurst said of her daughter.

Duerring advised that even when schools remain open, parents can choose to keep their children home if the roads are too bad. The absence will be considered excused if an adult calls and lets school leaders know.

“I wasn't aware of that and my thoughts are that's a pretty good alternative,” Blackhurst said.


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