Schools, businesses heed warnings, close early

Schools, businesses heed warnings, close early
(Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Don’t expect any after-school activities to take place at your child’s school Friday evening.

Most of them have been canceled all across Central Virginia due to the threat of severe weather. This as some schools in the area dismissed students three hours early.

School buses arrived at Chesterfield’s Bellwood Elementary at 12:45 p.m. Friday, three hours early and just before a round of heavy rain.

Brandon Lewis had to think quick.

"Hurry up. Pick the kids up,” he was told in a phone call.

His niece and nephew attend the school.

“I didn’t know what time they got out of school,” he said.

It’s why school districts all over our area began posting on social media. In most cases, parents were pleased.

“Thank you, Hanover County, for always looking out for our kids”, one person wrote on Facebook.

(Source: NBC12)

Others, were not as thankful.

“The bus showed up to pick up the kids at 10:40. We got an email about it at 10:38," someone else wrote. “It would have been nice to have a little more notice.”

Friday was one of those days first responders asked that you not be on the roads if you don’t have to. That way they can get to you quickly in the event of an emergency.

A Midlothian business tried to make sure its workers followed suit. The A Auto Body Shop posted this on social media: “We are closing today so employees can make it home safely. Thank you for your understanding.”

In the end, it’s about everyone’s safety. That’s why most school districts have cancelled all after school activities for Friday.

“Some people do want to pick their kids up now, get them out of school and be like, ‘I want them home right now’,” Lewis added.

Several child care centers also informed us that they too closed early Friday. Now there’s word of some churches who are now canceling their Good Friday services.

Keep up-to-date on all the closings on NBC12.com/weather/closings.

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