Freezing Rain Forces Schools to Close

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Freezing rain made the roads slick Friday morning prompting school districts like Harrisonburg City schools to close.

Denise Lunn picked up her daughter from childcare, which didn't close.

"If I didn't have this place, I don't know what I would do," said Lunn.

Her daughter usually goes to Lindale Childcare Program before school, but Friday she spent all day there with 35 other children.

"I think it is hard for parents to be off from work frequently for snow days," said Theresa Horst, who works at Lindale.

She made bracelets with 15 extra kids on Friday after both Rockingham County and Harrisonburg City schools closed.

"It was still slick when I dropped her off this morning, so I can understand a delay. I don't really understand a cancel, but a delay yes," said Lunn.

Harrisonburg City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Kizner said ice on side streets and side walks was part of the reason for the closing.

"Ice is a real dangerous condition that can't be controlled even by people who drive four wheel drives and SUVs," said Kizner.

In a letter to parents, he explained safety will be the number one factor when deciding to cancel school.

"It is much easier to explain to parents why we decided school was closed than to meet with parents after there was an accident and children may have been hurt," said Kizner.

Something Lunn wouldn't want to risk, "Of course, I want to put my kids safety before anything else," said Lunn.

Page County Schools also closed for the day, but other schools like Augusta County and Staunton only had a two-hour delay.


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