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Last week’s school delays geared toward safety

Over the last two weeks, flooding has been a major concern for residents and public officials across the Two Virginias. This has caused school delays and cancellations across many counties.

Last week, in West Virginia and Virginia, three school systems delayed classes every single day. Those counties are McDowell County in West Virginia and both Tazewell and Buchanan counties in Virginia.

The main reason for the delays had to do with their bus drivers being able to commute during the daylight.

Adam Grygiel, the Director of Transportation of McDowell County Schools, said that many areas are close to streams, which cause some roads to get washed out.

"In daylight hours, that gives our drivers the ability to see better. So we could see if roads were washed out, or if bridges were undercut."

Adam Grygiel (Director of Transportation of McDowell County Schools)

Tazewell County delayed its schools for the same reason, according to Superintendent Chris Stacy.

"We were concerned about debris on the side of the road. We were also worried about some hillsides, maybe some mudslides. So we didn't want our drivers necessarily to be on the road in the dark. We wanted some sunlight, so that they could have some clear visibility.

Chris Stacy (Superintendent of Tazewell County Schools)

The process of deciding on school cancellations isn't just done through the schools, they partner with several other public officials.This includes 9-1-1 directors, Division of Highways (DOH) officials, and sheriffs offices.

Overall, school systems say that delays and cancellations are all done for the safety of the students and the drivers.

Brandon Lawson

Weekend Meteorologist

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