School Closing Decisions

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

September 1, 2006

Schools have only been in a week, or two for students across the viewing area. Already, they are getting a break because of inclement weather. Here's a look into how Fluvanna County officials to see how they decided to close school.

Rain, rain, rain, and more rain.

"That's the way it was this morning," said Fluvanna County Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Smith.

When ever there is a weather situation, regardless if it involves snow, or rain; school officials go onto the roads to check driving conditions for themselves.

"It goes without saying that the utmost in our minds is safety of our young people. We do not want to put people on the road whether it's in cars, or buses if we have an idea it is not going to be safe," added Dr. Smith.

Fluvanna County school officials started their day at 4:00 a.m. Friday. The early wake up call was not for 'Old Man Winter', but his relative Ernesto who dropped in for a short summer visit.

"We were anticipating some flooding in the low-lying areas. As we were out, the winds started picking up around 5:00 a.m., or 5:1 5a.m," said Fluvanna County Schools Assistant Superintendent Maurice Carter.

Those conditions, along with the predicted forecast, meant it would be in the best interest to close schools. Closings are common for snow fall, not unheard of for rain fall. After all, it is only water, but combined with debris; it can be dangerous.

"To drive a bus down a secondary road, and then try to back that bus up, or re-maneuver it would not be the best thing to do," added Carter.

Kids ended up with a 4-day weekend, due to the decision to close schools on Friday, because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday.

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