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School districts brace for severe weather

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — With severe weather expected to make its way to Virginia, representatives from area school districts said they are prepared to monitor conditions throughout the day on Thursday.

Shawn Smith, spokesperson for Chesterfield County Public Schools, said the district is taking advice from law enforcement as well as other agencies to make the best decisions possible.

Along with Chesterfield County, Andy Jenks, spokesperson at Henrico County Public Schools said that “the district’s principals have been made aware of the forecast, and have been advised to prepare in this case that includes securing any loose items.”

“We are asking all of our building administrators to review the district’s inclement weather and tornado protocols,” said Felicia Cosby, with the Richmond Public Schools.

Henrico parent Jessica Philips enjoyed the sunshine Wednesday, but said she is pleased with the kinds of protocols that the schools have in place for severe weather.

“I get emails when there are issues and updates, so I feel in the loop,” she said.

Felicia Cosby said any decisions regarding early closures or cancellations of after-school activities or delayed dismissals will be made as soon as possible.

Stay with CBS 6 News and WTVR.com for complete coverage of the severe weather. 

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