Posted: 2:29 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

Char-Meck Schools to be on 2-hour delay Wednesday

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By Torie Wells


UPDATE: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said schools will be on a two-hour delay Wednesday.

School districts across the Charlotte area were canceled or delayed Tuesday because of the cold.

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Charlotte Mecklenburg School District leaders delayed classes because of safety concerns and to make sure the buses were able to start and CMS told Eyewitness News that everything went as planned.

Many buses were returning at noon after getting a two hour late start Tuesday morning.

CMS said they were also concerned about students waiting in the cold at bus stops but said there were no issues and no reports of heating or pipe problems.

A majority of students got to class by 9:15 a.m., some specialty schools started at 11:15 a.m.

Parents and students told Eyewitness News they were thankful for the delay but said school should have been canceled. One mother said she couldn't get her 9th grader to class because her car wouldn’t start.

 “We've never had this kind of weather here in Charlotte before. As it is, I've got on three coats, three pairs of pants, three pair of socks. And I'm about to freeze now. Then plus on top of that my car won't start," said Katie Harris.

CMS said they will continue to monitor the weather and will decide later Tuesday whether to delay classes and bus routes again Wednesday.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools released a statement Monday about the delay:

"Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Buses will run routes and schools will open two hours later than the normal time. CMS staff made the decision due to severe weather conditions in the Charlotte area. Reports indicate that temperatures will be extremely low during the morning hours."

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