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Kanawha School Leader Says Protocol Followed When Closing Schools

Reported: Jan. 6, 2014 11:50 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 6, 2014 1:00 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) – Kanawha County's school superintendent said the county followed protocol when it decided to close schools Monday, a decision that was made by many school systems across the state.

Ron Duerring, superintendent of Kanwaha County Schools, said the decision to close comes when weather poses a risk to a child's health and safety. On a day like Monday, when temperatures were in the teens, Duerring said it wasn't wise or safe to have children standing at bus stops for a lengthy period of time. It would have put them at risk of hypothermia.

"We are taking consideration the temperatures were going to decrease, the roads were going to freeze and given the fact that we don't want kids on the roads and buses in some of these rural areas . . . could be a health hazard," Duerring said.

The superintendent said schools usually start on a two-hour delay when road conditions are expected to improve throughout the day. That was not the case on Monday.

So far, three snow days have been used this school year. Kanawha County students are required to make up all days missed.



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