Weather forces school closures
by Jessica Loeding
Jan 10, 2011 | 2547 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kerry Terry and her son, Joseph, leave Ingles on West Avenue on Sunday afternoon after finishing up their storm preparation. Only time will tell whether the dire forecasts were true.
DAYTON P. STRICKLAND/
The Daily Tribune News
Kerry Terry and her son, Joseph, leave Ingles on West Avenue on Sunday afternoon after finishing up their storm preparation. Only time will tell whether the dire forecasts were true. DAYTON P. STRICKLAND/ The Daily Tribune News
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As the threat of snow and freezing rain swept in Sunday, area schools began announcing closings.

Bartow County and Cartersville City schools canceled class today for students and staff by 6 p.m. Sunday. Excel Christian Academy also is closed today.

Bartow County Schools Assistant Superintendent Ben Desper said the system made the call mid-afternoon Sunday.

"I think [Superintendent] Dr. [John] Harper is trying to be proactive," he said, adding that the system works to keep young drivers off the road and allow parents time to make childcare plans.

Cartersville City Schools were "pretty confident" about closing by about 1 p.m. Sunday, said Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse.

With a "dicey" forecast, Desper said the county would begin making the determination about Tuesday classes this afternoon.

Clouse said the city would do the same. "We're just gonna play it by ear. I know the forecast is not very promising."

The state allows students to miss up to four days without having to make them up. Staff and teachers, however, will be required to make up that time as they are paid for those days.

Both Desper and Clouse said their respective systems would evaluate the need for students to make up days after the winter months are over.

"We had that one day right before Christmas ... It will depend on how many we miss total," Desper said. "We go some years where we don't have any [snow] days, and then some years we get multiple days."

Chattahoochee Technical College announced Sunday evening that all classes are canceled for today. That includes all campuses. Georgia Highlands College had not announced closings as of press time Sunday.

The Daily Tribune News will update school closings online at www.daily-tribune.com as they become available.