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School Day, Snow Day

As snow started to coat the roads early this morning, kids across the mountains were still boarding school buses.

In some cases, students were actually on the buses, on their way to school when administrators decided to call a snow day.

News 13 received calls throughout the morning from angry Buncombe County parents.  They were asking why school wasn't called before the children were placed on buses.

In some of these cases the kids got on, and were dropped back off by the bus minutes later, after the snow day was called.

Other parents said, their child was driven to school and they had to go and pick them up.

Buncombe County said today, essentially, this storm was forecasted to hit much later in the day.  They had been tentatively planning an early release, not at all expecting it to hit so early.

The superintendent said the first reports he got, that the weather may be an issue came more than an hour after county buses were already on the roads, picking up kids.

Tony Baldwin, Buncombe County Superintendent, "the concerns we had were the calls that came in 6:30AM, 6:40AM.  That's when we really started getting phone calls in regarding snow significantly coming down and causing road problems."

Buncombe County wasn't the only place this happened.  Haywood County also called school well after students were being picked up.

The Buncombe Superintendent said he called Asheville City school officials this morning, on his way to work, advising them to call a snow day which they ended up doing.

Now an interesting note here, since these kids were already on the buses, Buncombe and Haywood say according to state law this counts as a school day so they don't have to make it up.


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