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Weather prompts closings by area schools

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 2:19 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 4:45 PM
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Richmond County schools will be closed for students and staffers today and Wednesday because of the winter storm forecast for the area.

Children play in Augusta's "Big Snow of 1973."  File
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Children play in Augusta's "Big Snow of 1973."

District administrators will determine by noon Wednesday whether schools will also be closed Thursday, according to Superintendent Frank Roberson.

Columbia County schools opened at normal times today, but officials have announced classes will be let out two hours early. Middle and high schools will let out at 1 p.m., and elementary schools at 2 p.m. Classes have been canceled for Wednesday.

The elementary half day classes in Aiken County, such as 4K, preschool special eduction and child development were canceled for Tuesday. A two-hour early release schedule was announced at 9 a.m. today, and classes and extra-curricular activities have been canceled for Wednesday.

Georgia Regents University also called off classes today at both its campuses. Georgia Regents Medical Center will remain open. Tuesday’s State of the University and Health System address by GRU President Ricardo Azziz has been cancelled.

Burke County schools will release early at 1 p.m. Tuesday and be closed Wednesday.

Edgefield County schools will be dismissed two hours early Tuesday, closed Wednesday and will operate on a two-hour delay Thursday, according to administrative assistant Stephanie Williams.

McDuffie County schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, with a decision yet to be made about Thursday.

Episcopal Day School will be closed Tuesday with a decision about Wednesday’s schedule to be forthcoming.

Augusta Preparatory day school will close both today and Wednesday. Westminster Schools of Augusta will be closed today and will make a decision about Wednesday later.

The area will be under a winter storm watch from 11 a.m. today until 9 a.m. Wednesday as temperatures dip into the mid-20s.

The National Weather Service predicts a mixture of rain and sleet beginning this afternoon, which could turn into snow overnight.

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David Parker
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David Parker 01/27/14 - 03:24 pm
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Children rejoicing from all

Children rejoicing from all corners. LONG LIVE WINTER STORM 2014 !!!!

OJP
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OJP 01/27/14 - 04:16 pm
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kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/27/14 - 04:16 pm
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Panic!
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OMG.......s-s-s-s-snow!!!!

Say it aint so! Quick, shut down the whole city. Empty the supermarkets. Close the schools!

Totally ridiculous.

redfish
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redfish 01/27/14 - 04:37 pm
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What happens if it doesn't snow?..

Will kids have to make days up for when they stayed home in the rain?

WeAreAllInfected
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WeAreAllInfected 01/27/14 - 05:27 pm
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@redfish

There are inclement weather days built into the school schedules. Being out tomorrow means they'll be in session on a day that's scheduled towards the end of the school year.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/27/14 - 07:20 pm
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Re: GRU...

I hope they make an announcement that lets people from all the various departments and divisions know what they are supposed to be doing. There is a lot of overlap in where people do their jobs so it may not be all that clear, unless they tell all non-essential personnel to stay at home.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/27/14 - 09:58 pm
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Panic

Supt. Frank Roberson already used up two snow days a couple of weeks ago when the cold snap hit. It was an unwise decision, because the cold weather did not cause any traffic problems.

Now that he's adding two more snow days off, he will be getting into make-up territory. I'm sure the kids will enjoy coming in to school on Saturday and/or extending the calendar into June.

Graymare
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Graymare 01/27/14 - 10:04 pm
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If it doesn't snow, which I

If it doesn't snow, which I doubt, and the children have to stay in school and extra day or two they will survive. It's not the end of the world. Better to err on the side of safety first.

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 01/27/14 - 11:18 pm
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Columbia County really?

Columbia County really? I don't know how anyone thinks it'll be easier to do half days and rush to get the kids at the last minute. Some families have people working in 3 or 4 directions and mom doing the hauling. That ain't happening~not sending my child back in this when he's already been sick. Make a decision Pam Tucker and your entourage. Geez......

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/27/14 - 11:45 pm
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Right Decision

Columbia County made the right decision. At school opening time on Tuesday, there will be no weather issues that will affect transportation. Therefore, the buses should roll and school should start on schedule. Then school officials will monitor the weather reports and decide when, or if, school should be dismissed early. There's no need to suspend school just because some parents don't have a backup plan in place.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/27/14 - 11:52 pm
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Hold The Presses!

Tracey McManus reported:

Tuesday’s State of the University and Health System address by Grooo President Ricardo Azziz has been cancelled.

How can we citizens of Augusta function in our homes, our workplaces, our churches without this information? Civilization may crumble a little bit more!

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 01/28/14 - 01:22 am
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A little bit of Over Reaction

Its not going to be that bad, especially tomorrow morning but by Wednesday morning then we should have a good inch or two of snow. I think shutting schools down both days before it even gets here is over reacting and a little premature. BUT WITH THAT SAID, hey lets all take another 2 day holiday. If the kids stay home then many parents will get off work to if they can. I will stay home with my kids and have hot chocolate, no worries here!

iaaffg
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iaaffg 01/28/14 - 06:18 am
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good grief, it didn't even

good grief, it didn't even rain yet, much less snow and we're closing schools because....why? it looks like the insanity and idiocy that has permeated our government has extended into the education arena as well. no wonder our kids are sucking the proverbial hind quarters when it comes to academic achievement: staying home because of the 'possibility', the 'maybe', the 'could be' of bad weather. yet everyone else is expected to attend their jobs and business' for this 'maybe', 'could be' 'possibly' bad weather. i'd better not see any kids out today on the streets in this 'possibly' 'could be' 'maybe' bad weather we're going to have, for then i'd have to report their parents for abuse and neglect, allowing them to be exposed to such dangerous conditions.

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nocnoc 01/28/14 - 07:54 am
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Weather to increase revenues

Bakery's are baking 2x as much bread,
Milk Companies are double stocking,
Egg dealers are loading the shelves,
Water companies are bottling water,
Firewood sellers are delivering (at inflated $$$) cords of wood,
Matches, candles, Sterno and camping gear are flying off the shelves
and more.

All because of a possible wintery mix, that is expected to last "maybe" 12 to 18 hours.

Truth be told, We have had at least 3+ days warning on this weather approach. Why the panic I am seeing in some stores.

BTW:
I was out buying the wife some Bell peppers, Green bananas to go with some Pasteles she is taking out of the freezer for tonight.

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 01/28/14 - 08:02 am
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re:iaaffg

re:iaaffg is having a condescending moment...LOL. I don't see that anyone has gotten insane or become idiots on these posts. However, in the years I've had children in school it's blatantly obvious that when you wait until the very last minute and it's snowing then you've really got a mess with kids waiting on someone to pick them up, aggravated parents who have to be on the road in the "crap" a couple hours later because a decision couldn't be made. I have children grown and in their 30's and now one in Kindergarten. I just think it's better to be cautious. What if your child was in the car or on the bus and there was an accident in this mess. I'm not hysterical but definitely cautious in my years of dealing with the occasional bad weather and driving on dangerous roads. As for academic achievement, that's not even a valid argument to attempt to stir up trouble. We're talking about snow and bad road conditions. My children never got behind or failed a grade because of bad weather. But, each to his own belief and blaming shortcomings on something.

Personally, I'd love for it to snow (no sleet or ice please) and get outside with the big people and the little people and enjoy it. Everyone be safe and enjoy everyday.

Thug passion
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Thug passion 01/28/14 - 08:24 am
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Superintendent Frank Roberson

Superintendent Frank Roberson need to be fired. Every time a vile weather threat is issues Richmond County panic, and closed schools. Now, I see why Richmond County's schools are failing. Students should be in school today.

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