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Chesterfield parents and bus drivers react to no snow day

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Despite the snowy conditions, Chesterfield County students went to school Monday.

After consulting with police and state road crews, school officials had buses rolling after a two-hour delay. Even so, the snow had parents like Belinda Bowen concerned.

"I'm surprised, I actually think we are going to get a little bit of a mess on the roads later, but as long as they think they are safe to come out I will leave it to them," Bowen said.

Bowen and her husband watched anxiously as their two young sons headed to school. She says she's putting her trust in school administrators.

"I think the guys that are running the schools and the transport know what they are doing so, you know, if they think it's safe and they are okay with it, then I think it's okay I trust them.

Along with Richmond and Henrico, Chesterfield schools announced a two-hour delay early Monday morning. Richmond and Henrico school systems later canceled classes.

Though some students and parents weren't happy with the decision, Tony Holmes says all that matters is getting students to and from schools safely.

"Its real easy to make a judgement call as a parent sitting at home in your arm chair, but these guys who run transportation they do it for a living and they do it everyday again I put my trust in them, that's their job," Holmes said.

Bus drivers say they felt comfortable driving on the roads, and they believe schools would have been canceled if it was not safe to transport students to and from school.

In a statement, Chesterfield schools spokesperson Shawn Smith says "The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority of Chesterfield schools....and our school buses arrived safely".

He says safety and security will continue to be at the forefront when making difficult decisions.

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