Hanover County schools explain decision to remain open without snow delay

Posted on: 9:39 am, March 5, 2012, by and , updated on: 01:24pm, March 5, 2012

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – The Hanover County Public School System was the only major school district in Central Virginia to remain open without delays today.

Schools in Chesterfield County, Henrico County and the city of Richmond first ordered a two-hour delay Monday morning. By 7:30 a.m., all three of those school districts made the call to cancel school for the day.

Hanover County schools communication specialist Linda Scarborough released the following statement around 9:30 a.m. Monday:

The safety of our students and staff is a top priority for Hanover County Public Schools on a daily basis.  During the winter months when inclement weather is anticipated, our transportation staff closely monitors the weather conditions and communicates with a network of state transportation officials to base all decisions on the best available data with safety in mind.

This morning the decision to remain on regular schedule was based on the time that the precipitation was scheduled to begin, the actual road temperatures (ranging from 35 to 37 degrees), and the time that the students would arrive at school (by 8:15 a.m.).  Based on these factors, the decision was made that all students could be safely transported during their regular schedule. 

Buses arrived safely to all schools by 8:40 a.m.  According to the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office the number of accidents reported during rush hour was at or below their normal rate.

Others are voicing their opinion of the decision not to close on the CBS 6 Facebook page and on Twitter: