• CMS students head back to class as other districts delay due to cold


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools headed back to school Wednesday as frigid temperatures continue to grip the area.

    [Winter weather advisories in effect for counties in SC, NC]

    CMS officials said heaters in the buildings were checked Tuesday because of the freezing temperatures, and extra maintenance staff members were brought in to make sure everything stayed on schedule.

    [FULL LIST: School and business delays]

    North Mecklenburg High School, however, is closed Wednesday for students and staff due to lack of heat in several buildings and the cafeteria.

    Repairs are underway and a makeup day will be announced.

    Parents said school cancellations can be hard, but they believe the district made the right decision.

    "It's a burden because you have to compensate for that lost time, especially for parents who work," parent Myrica Jenkins said. "It's cold. There are kids that are 4 and 5 getting out there early in the morning."

    Classes were delayed in multiple areas Wednesday morning -- including Ashe, Avery, Lancaster and Watauga counties -- because of concerns that buses would have trouble running in the freezing temperatures. 

    Union County school officials said they planned to dismiss students two hours earlier than normal after a winter weather advisory was issued for the area by the National Weather Service.

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