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Decision on school Friday not likely until tonight

Officials assessing roads, campuses and staffing

POSTED: January 30, 2014 1:07 p.m.
 

FORSYTH COUNTY — The Forsyth County school system has not made a decision about whether to hold school Friday.

As of lunchtime Thursday, officials were monitoring the weather and roads situation, according to system spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo.

“We have a number of trouble spots on many of our side roads and within subdivisions,” she said. “Additionally, we also have a number of problem spots at many of our school campuses. 

“Our director of transportation is putting in place a plan where all buses will be checked out this afternoon and bus routes will be examined between 3 and 5 p.m.”

Caracciolo added that officials hope that “with continued work on some of these roads, along with some melting and drying, that conditions on our roads may be acceptable.”

School system facilities personnel are clearing known problem spots around schools.

“Some of our shady and steeply sloped drives are requiring work to hopefully have them cleared and dried by this evening,” Caracciolo said. “We only have about six hours of temperatures above freezing today to make this happen.”

She went on to note that many school system employees live outside of Forsyth and may not be able to leave their homes safely.

“So we are making contact with them today to see if we have enough staff to open schools,” she said.

“Once we have more information on these three areas this evening, we feel that we will be better prepared to announce a decision by 8 p.m. tonight regarding school for Friday. We appreciate your patience and thank you again for your support.”

 

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