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Albemarle Parents Weigh In on Weather-Related School Closings

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Students in Albemarle County headed back to class Friday for the first time since Monday. A lot of parents were relieved, but many are still puzzled about why schools were closed after roads seemed clear days ago.

With children off school nearly a whole week, some parents feel frustrated - especially those who work or live in areas that were hardly affected by the snow.

The roads may have looked clear and safe in some parts of Albemarle, but Albemarle County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Matthew Haas says 40 percent of rural county roads are unpaved and almost 20 percent of those remain treacherous.

“You have to understand that this is a county that is rather significant in size and all across the county there are varying road conditions,” said Haas.

School officials suggest students use the time reading or catching up on homework, but parents thrown off of their family routines have different responses.

"It is hard to entertain them we try not to watch too much T.V. and have video game time, but when the weather is cold and everyone is inside all day it gets challenging by the end of the day," said Ann Luniewski, parent.

"We are from the north so we went to school no matter what, so it is different down here," said Carrie Encarnation-Medici, parent.

Ice can be dangerous and schools have to worry about bus safety and the safety of student drivers who are relatively inexperienced. Teachers recommend caregivers who try to keep days off structured and break them up with different indoor and outdoor activities - but after three days, some parents are just worn out.

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