October 30, 2012
More kids were out and about central Virginia Tuesday as several area school closed for a second day in a row because of the weather.
Six-year-old Joseph Schultz wasn't surprised his school was cancelled Monday and Tuesday.
"I knew that Hurricane Sandy was coming here," said Schultz, a first grader at Greer Elementary School.
Josh Davis is one of the people who decided Joseph's school, along with all other Albemarle County Public Schools, would have the day off.
While Davis, chief operating officer for Albemarle County Public Schools, agrees schools probably could have operated just fine Monday and Tuesday, he said it's all about being prepared.
"If there is a significant probability, such as there was for this storm, that we could not have opened school safely, then we're going to err on the side of caution," Davis said. "We didn't want to make a decision to start school and then perhaps stop in our tracks and send folks home if conditions were really bad."
Davis said they try to make a uniformed decision among the whole county when cancelling school, which can be difficult.
"Here in the urban ring, compared to some of our more rural schools that are closer to the mountains or out in the countryside, conditions can be drastically different," Davis said.
According to Davis, individual cancellations may be made if power is an issue, but for the most part, they look at the road conditions county-wide when making their decision.
Last Friday was a Teacher Work Day at Albemarle County Public Schools, making Tuesday the fifth day in a row, including the weekend, that students didn't have class.
Those students will be off again next Monday and Tuesday for scheduled events. The school board and superintendent will decide when the two weather-related cancellations will be made up.