Schools re-open despite ongoing frigid weather - CBS46 News

Schools re-open despite ongoing frigid weather

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Children all across the area head back to school Wednesday, even though temperatures will still be very cold.  Most local school districts decided Monday afternoon to cancel school on Tuesday, when temperatures dipped into the single digits.

But how do they decide when to cancel?  "It's very simple.  First and foremost it's student safety," explained Jorge Quintana of the Gwinnett County School District.  

Quintana said the superintendent speaks to several public safety agencies and tracks the weather when severe changes are expected. 

"We did not want our students to be waiting outside in the freezing temperatures for our school buses.  And at the same time it's very difficult for our school buses because they use diesel to operate under such extreme cold temperatures," said Quintana.

Most school districts use the same or similar criteria to decide if they will cancel school because of extreme weather.  By Tuesday afternoon all districts in the Atlanta area decided to have classes Wednesday.

Quintana explained that even though it will still be very cold Wednesday it doesn't compare to Tuesday's below-freezing temperatures.  And, the district has a plan in place. 

"All of our maintenance employees are expected to be in an hour earlier than their regular shifts, should we have any issues or concerns at our buildings."   Transportation employees must also report to work an hour earlier on Wednesday morning.     

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