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School system weathers schedule flak
Wednesday will be made up April 1
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Forsyth County News

Makeup day

* The Forsyth County school system has decided to make up Wednesday's snow day on April 1.

Hindsight is 20-20, a feeling all too familiar for Forsyth County school officials being second-guessed about Tuesday's decision to hold classes despite the threat of snow.

"No matter what decision we make, we always get a small number of people that are not happy," said Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the district.

"It's always easier once the weather does occur to come back and to criticize our decision. Whenever we do make the decision, we try to make it as early as possible."

The problem Tuesday was the weather picked up pace, with the heaviest snow arriving sooner than expected.

The fast-moving storm, which coated the county in slush and snow, forced the system to release classes early.

While all students made it home safe by 3 p.m., Caracciolo said some school buses hit impassable roads, forcing them to take alternate routes.

Schools received many calls from concerned parents, who were scrambling to catch up with their children.

Wednesday's school closing was announced Tuesday afternoon. After-school activities on both days were canceled.

Officials said all employees and students should plan on a regular schedule Thursday.

In addition, the fifth-grade writing test scheduled for Wednesday will be held Thursday.

"Our No. 1 priority is always the safety of the students," Caracciolo said. "Even though the main roads may appear to be dry, we have to look at all the roads, and there were some roads that we had some problems on [Wednesday] morning.

"We have to look at whether or not a bus can pass it and whether or not a teenage driver can safely drive on those roads."

That shouldn't be a problem the rest of the week.

In fact, the National Weather Service forecast shows a warming trend.

High temperatures Saturday and Sunday could reach the low to mid-60s under sunny skies. Low temperatures will range from 29 to 37 degrees.