With the winter storm looming, many metro-Atlanta school districts canceled class Tuesday. Henry County Schools did not.
"All of our reports we've gotten from our trusted sources, tells us, that for Tuesday, there's no threat, so we don't want to keep kids out of school if there's no threat," said J.D. Hardin, school district spokesman. Hardin said the decision was carefully made after district leaders consulted with county emergency, weather and transportation officials.
Early Tuesday afternoon the district canceled Tuesday's extracurricular activities as well as class Wednesday and Thursday.
Many parents supported the district's decision to keep students in class as long as possible. "I think it was a good decision to keep them in class today; it's just rain," said Gretchen Silcox, the parent of a second-grader.
However, others said the district was risking students' safety.
Sharita Brooks, the mom of two twin second-graders, said images of last month's snow storm still haunt her. That's when hundreds of students across metro-Atlanta were stranded at their schools and on their busses. "It (their school) is down a hill, and it's not worth it. I will not want my kids to be stuck at school. It's all I can remember, kids sleeping at school and me having to walk from my house to their school to get them. I didn't want to do that."
Brooks kept her children at home.
However, Hardin said attendance was reported within the normal range Tuesday. He said it would be up to each school's principal whether a child's absence would count against them.
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