Caroline County schools will be closed Thursday

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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Devin Arzoomanian gives a shove downhill to Travis Stover and two-year-old Aiden Arzoomanian. —Photos by Dawn Haun

 

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Ladies head to their favorite sledding hill at Ladysmith Village on Wednesday.

Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) will be closed on Thursday due to snow, said Dr. Greg Killough, CCPS superintendent.

The missed days on Wednesday and Thursday will have to be made up in some way, Killough indicated. When schools closed on Tuesday, that was the fifth day that students had missed, and that can be absorbed by the school calendar.

“We’re trying to protect the safety and welfare of parents driving to school, students driving to school and students on the buses,” Killough said.

Portions of Caroline got around 3 inches of snow. By mid-day Wednesday, miles and miles of roads in Caroline had not been touched by any snow-removal vehicles.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution when entering an intersection or transitioning to turn lanes or ramps of interstate highways. Crews are working to plow these areas, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reported Wednesday.

Most subdivision streets and rural secondary routes remain snow- or ice-covered, VDOT reported. Snow removal efforts are underway.  Crews are working to make the road passable. However, motorists may not see bare pavement.  Any snow or ice pack that remains on the road will be treated with an abrasive for traction.

VDOT crews will continue to work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads are clear and safe for travel, VDOT reported.

Caroline school closings are announced through the school’s “Caroline Alert” system, which is an automated system that calls the parents of 80 to 90 percent of the students in the county, Killough said. The decision is also announced through radio and TV stations and the school system’s website at http://www.ccps.us/.

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