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Louisa students return to school Wednesday after prolonged winter break

Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

If students were hoping for a longer winter break over the holidays, they certainly got their wish in the new year.

Louisa County Public Schools students had an additional four days off after winter break when snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures combined to make roads perilous for school buses late last week and into early this week. They returned to school on Wednesday.

Snow fell across the county the evening of Wednesday, January 3 and into the morning hours of Thursday, January 4, when students were scheduled to return to school from winter break and forced school officials to cancel classes.

An Arctic blast kept temperatures below freezing, preventing secondary roads from melting or being completely cleared of packed snow, slush and ice on Jan. 5, causing schools to close last Friday. Record-breaking cold temperatures over the weekend didn’t help to thaw out conditions.

A two-hour delay was initially planned for Monday, but forecasts that predicted freezing rain would threaten the area in the early afternoon hours while school would have been in session prompted the decision to close schools yet again.

The freezing rain that fell overnight Monday and into Tuesday morning made area roads treacherous with black ice, forcing school officials to change their original plans for a two-hour delay into closure of schools on Tuesday.

Making the call to close schools is not a decision that Superintendent Doug Straley said he takes lightly. The safety of students and staff is the most important factor that comes into play.

“This past week has been unusual, but you act accordingly,” Straley said.

To read the entire story, see the Jan. 11 edition of The Central Virginian.