STAUNTON, Va – Mother, Marie Brock, and her daughter, Leanna headed to the Augusta County Library to spend an unexpected day off school due to snow.
“I didn't really think we would be off, because we went to school yesterday, and today, we're finally off,” said Leanna.
Marie said she would rather have her kids at home where she knows they will be safe.
“At least I would know hey, you know, they are here, instead of being out on the roads where the conditions can change in an instant,” said Marie.
Superintendents said they look at things like road conditions before they decide to cancel school, but one thing at the top of their list is students' safety.
Waynesboro City School Superintendent Robin Crowder wakes up as early as 4:30 a.m. to check the weather. He also calls superintendents, police and he checks alerts he has set before calling school off.
“When I'm out there looking at roads, or I'm trying to make a decision about schools, I always say, 'Would my own child be safe riding that school bus?' That is always kind of the grounding factor,” said Crowder.
Some parents said having kids off school is inconvenient, but Leanna said driving on some roads in the county can feel unsafe.
“There's a bunch of back roads and stuff, so I think it's kind of safe that we didn't go to school.”
Others, like Marie, are glad they get to spend time with their children. She said there is no use in complaining about a decision that is out of parents' hands.
“It's just part of being a parent. You have good days and bad days and you just take it as it goes.”
Waynesboro's superintendent said he works closely with Staunton City Schools when it comes to canceling class.
Augusta County is the second largest county in Virginia in square mileage. That also factors into the decision to close school.