Gwinnett schools reopen Friday

2:40 PM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The state's largest public school district -- Gwinnett County Public Schools -- has decided to call students back to school on Friday as leaders at most other public schools in the metro Atlanta area keep students home for a third day following Tuesday's winter storm.

Before dawn more than 1800 school buses with more than 120,000 students onboard returned to Gwinett County roads.

All were were open, but some had ice patches.

"There's parts of ice every where and with your kids, you have to be more careful," said Elsa Salzar.

When asked if the school system should have remained closed she said, "Yeah, maybe.  Because most of the schools are closed."

"Grom the information we had yesterday afternoon we felt we were going to be able to go today," said Communications director Sloan roach.

She said two buses did stall out on the ice and a replacement bus delivered the 20 children who were on board to Meadow Creek High school in time for class.  Another bus stuck on its way to Norcross High eventually got going.

"It wasn't too icy. The roads were pretty clear," said 17 year old Brad Sager.

Sager is glad to be back at school and drove himself.

"I think the roads are pretty good. Two days are enough. I don't want to add any more days to the end of the year," he said.

Gwinett County Schools has make up days in place to catch up on the missed days.  Any more snow could result in a delayed graduation date this year.

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Gwinnett District spokesman Jorge Quintana said principals worked with maintenance personnel on Thursday to check facilities and surrounding areas for any remaining snow or ice following Tuesday's winter storm.

Other metro Atlanta districts such as Atlanta Public Schools, Carroll, Cobb, Clayton, Cherokee, DeKalb, Floyd, Fulton, Forsyth and Paulding counties all called off school.

In Georgia, each district decides whether to close schools.

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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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