Schools across the Charlotte Metro area are starting school two hours late Wednesday following a delay on Tuesday. Cabarrus County Schools parent Jeffrey Powell says, “They gave them a two-hour window today, so it warmed up a little. You just have to bundle them up as best you can.” Powell’s 8 year old daughter, Paige rides the bus. She says, “I’ve got my gloves, jacket, my hat and my book bag.”
Parent Melissa Hooker says at first, she was surprised by the delay. Hooker says, “Because it’s just temperature. But then it did make sense because I saw yesterday on the playground how many kids didn’t have thick coats, and it was very cold.”
The Cabarrus County School District says they wanted to give the buses time to crank in the cold, and they were waiting to let the sun warm things up a bit. Cabarrus County Schools Public Information Officer Ronnye Boone says, “I don’t know that there is much of a difference in 9 degrees and thirteen degrees in the way the cold may feel, but there’s certainly a difference when you are standing outside and there’s dark versus standing outside and there’s daylight.”
Many school districts are encouraging parents to get together and carpool to the bus stop, so that students can stay in warm cars as long as possible, before the bus comes.
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