Snow closes Richmond-area schools

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - There was just enough snow in the Richmond area to shut down schools, making it a long weekend for many students.

A Consistent flow of flurries didn't stop some people from going outside including Andrea Fry, who received an automated call early Monday morning informing her that school was on a two hour delay. It was a call she didn't expect.

"No not at all," Fry. "I was shocked when we got the call from the school board this morning."

Then around 7:00 a.m., the system notified people school was canceled. It was great news for Emily Jones and her friend Molly who had already made other plans.

"We're gong to have a snowball fight!" said Jones.

Many parents complained that conditions weren't bad enough to cancel school. The western part of the county saw more snow than eastern Henrico. Communications Director for Henrico County Schools, Mychael Dickerson, says he has to look out for the safety of all students.

"Their area of town might be fine but there are other areas that may be slick, especially the bridges and overpasses," Dickerson said. "We have to make decisions for the entire county and what's going to best for all children."

"Well now I wouldn't have made that call because it's not sticking to the roads," said one father, Perry Jones. "The fact that the kids are home, and now we get to have a day of fun- it's all good."

It's also not a major setback for the school system. Dickerson says snow days are already built into the calendar.

"We go to school more than required so we already know we have five or six school days banked in the school year," Dickerson noted.

By the looks of current weather conditions, it looks like school will be back to normal for Emily and Molly.

The Henrico County School System is talking about extending the elementary school days next year. It could be helpful if students have to miss school for various reasons, including bad weather.

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