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School systems release statements concerning delays

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Several school systems are releasing statements after concerns about the lack of school delays on Thursday.

Many of you woke up to see snow on the ground in your area. We received photos from viewers in Bon Air, Midlothian, Woodlake, Richmond, the West End, Short Pump, Dinwiddie, and more.

Click here to see viewer photos of the snow in Central Virginia on Thursday: http://sendit.nbc12.com/gallery/4263

Henrico Schools tweeted out:

While there was light accumulation, it was felt that, with caution, conditions were such that schools could open on time.

Chesterfield School posted this statement on their Facebook page:

Thank you to our wonderful bus drivers for getting students to school safely today. There may have been a few late buses, but no buses were involved in any accidents and all students are safe. Great job, drivers!

Predicting the weather is not easy. We monitor forecasts and road conditions throughout the night and morning, checking with local experts and public safety officials who are on the roads. The forecast in parts of Chesterfield County didn't necessarily pan out today, and some snow did accumulate on the streets, which was not predicted. Our bus drivers took their time and relied on their training to do the job. When in doubt, ride the bus.

Thank you to parents and staff members for your patience this morning. Let's hear it for our bus drivers!

Statement from Richmond Public Schools:

Our primary concern is the safety and security of our students. When faced with inclement weather, we execute a number of actions to ensure student and staff safety to and from school while balancing instructional needs. Based on weather forecasts, we were not expecting this morning's precipitation to last nor the development of any accumulation due to the projected warming temperatures. As early as 3:00am this morning, our rovers in our transportation department surveyed the streets to determine drivability and safety conditions. Although the streets were wet, they were not hazardous and were deemed safe for pupil transportation. In addition, we consulted with the other school divisions and continuously monitored the weather. Although we are pleased to note, there were no accidents this morning and that our students were safely delivered to their respective schools, we will continue to review and refine our inclement weather procedures based on parental and staff input.

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