2017-01-11 / Local News

Feb. 17, Feb. 20 and March 31 scheduled as snow makeup days

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer

Freezing temperatures and the threat of black ice led Cherokee County schools to stay closed Tuesday following a winter storm last weekend.

The Cherokee County School District re-opened today (Wednesday) on a normal schedule. County schools were closed for two days this week after six inches of snow over the weekend. Although major roads were clear Tuesday, several secondary roads remained impassable with a black ice warning issued by the National Weather Service.

Weather-related school closing decisions are made by the school district after consulting weather reports, evaluating the conditions of secondary roads and determining whether schools can be safely operated.

“We want to err on the side of caution for the safety of our students and staff,” said Joe Walker, chief operations officer for the Cherokee County School District.

State law requires all school districts to make up at least three snow days before any school days can be forgiven. This year’s calendar shows days missed from inclement weather will be made up Feb. 17, Feb. 20 and March 31.

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