Richmond, Anson and Chesterfield County schools will be closed Thursday for students and staff. District officials in Anson County told Channel 9 that school would be closed Friday as well.
In the mountain communities, Ashe, Avery and Watauga County schools originally planned on operating on a 2-hour delay, but all three districts decided early Thursday morning to cancel school for the day.
The bitter cold caused problems for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Wednesday. The district had to shuffle students when the heat didn't work at some facilities.
North Mecklenburg High School is the one school that was closed Wednesday, but there were other schools that had some minor problems with heat and keeping classrooms warm.
CMS officials said they had various problems in fewer than 50 of their schools with heat in classrooms, hallways and other parts of the buildings.
Parents of students at Vance High School said their child’s classroom was cold.
At Hopewell High School, a cafeteria worker said the cafeteria was warm, but there were problems elsewhere in the school.
“I did hear that building nine was out of heat, but that was a couple hours after we got here this morning,” cafeteria worker Lynette Mercer said. “Someone came out to repair that.”
CMS officials said in a statement that some cold weather-related events occurred at fewer than 50 of the district's 176 schools ranging from no heat in a hallway or in various classrooms to a frozen pipe or broken chiller on some campuses.
CMS will operate on a normal schedule Thursday. The district announced that North Mecklenburg students will make up Wednesday's day off on Monday, Jan. 22.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg statement on heat issues:
CMS facilities management teams have been working, and continuing to work to repair and correct all identified issues. Many of the identified issues have already been repaired. In some cases, parts are being ordered and being delivered for repair today. These issues have not halted the educational process at any school with the exception of North Mecklenburg High School; as you know, North Meck was closed today and is expected to be ready for students to return on Thursday. CMS is making sure students in affected schools are able to transition to warm parts of school buildings to continue learning. The district is continuing to monitor weather conditions and will alert families through normal communications channels if any schedule changes are announced.
CMS facilities management teams and/or contractors responded to heat-related requests for service at the schools or mobile units listed below. The issues ranged from pipe breaks and boilers not working, to electrical power outages. Many of the issues were limited to hallways, various classrooms or gyms. A majority of the issues were repaired immediately. Others are in the process of being repaired Wednesday evening.
- Alexander Graham
- Allenbrook ES
- Ashley Park
- Billingsville ES
- Elizabeth Lane
- Grier Rd.
- Hidden Valley
- Highland Ren.
- Hough HS
- Joseph Grier
- JT Williams
- Marie G Davis
- Mint Hill
- Myers Park HS
- Nations Ford
- North Meck HS
- Paw Creek
- Rama Road
- Reedy Creek
- Reid Park
- Shamrock Gardens
- Sharon ES
- South Charlotte
- South Meck
- Southwest MS
- Statesville Road
- West Charlotte
- West Meck
- Albemarle Rd ES
- Bailey MS
- Druid Hills
- Hidden Valley ES
- Huntingtowne Farm
- JH Gunn
- JW Grier
- Matthews ES
- Myers Park
- Northpoint Transportation Trailer
- Northridge ES
- Park Rd
- Piney Grove ES
- Stoney Creek
- Washam ES
The inclement winter weather hitting the Carolinas forced some school districts in the Charlotte area to dismiss students early.
Union County school officials dismissed students two hours early Wednesday due to the advisory. Officials said the after-school program will close at 4 p.m. and that all after-school/evening and athletic activities have been canceled.
At noon, cars were stacked bumper to bumper at Indian Trail Elementary.
They had to stop traffic for parents picking up children before lunch.
"I actually already (had) seen on your weather channel on Facebook that Union County was under weather advisory,” parent Kim Bernier said.
Bernier said she was ready to go when she got the call about the school’s early release.
Students at the school were also ready to get out early.
"As a child, I'm actually pretty excited about it,” student Katelin Bernier said.
"I think it's probably going to get colder,” student Gigi Arneson said.
District officials worried (that) a little bit of moisture would lead to snow and ice.
To be safe, they wanted to get the buses on the road and students picked up.
Students at Sun Valley High were talking about the weather before school officials decided to call for early release.
"Some students were talking to teachers, saying there was a storm coming,” student Fernando Guzman said.
Anson County school officials announced that all elementary schools would be released at 12:30 p.m. and all middle and high schools would release at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday due to inclement weather conditions.
Chesterfield County Schools dismissed early. Elementary schools released at 1 p.m., middle schools at 1:15 p.m. and high schools at 1:30 p.m.
Richmond County officials announced that all students were going to be dismissed at 1 p.m. and all afternoon and evening activities are canceled.
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