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Neighboring districts delayed, but what about our schools?

Will the school buses roll in Prince William County on Wednesday? Patch file photo.
Will the school buses roll in Prince William County on Wednesday? Patch file photo.
Regardless of delays to the north and south of Prince William County on Wednesday morning, Jan. 8, 2014, it appears students will be going to school on schedule.

If a decision is made for delay, it is typically made before 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. First alerts are posted on the Prince William County School District website or the PWCS Facebook page. There has been no announcement from Prince William County Schools.

At 5:30 a.m., the weather forecast for Woodbridge put the temperature at 8 degrees in Woodbridge, but we aren't facing the same wind chill that crippled much of the nation Tuesday.

Should our schools be closed or delayed on Wednesday? Tell us in the comments section below.

Fairfax, Stafford, Spotsylvania and Rappahannock county schools are all opening two hours late Wednesday morning.

"The decision to change the school schedule is not made lightly," Superintendent Steven Walts wrote in a letter to parents this fall.

The district's transportation staff monitor roads and weather conditions in busy and remote travel areas of the county. The district also pulls information from the Virginia Department of Transportation, area police and the weather service.

"This combined information yields the best decision for the safety of everyone across our large School Division," Walts noted.
Amanda Mann January 07, 2014 at 09:32 PM
I think the schools in Prince William county should be two hours late. 14 degrees is extremely cold.
Mariam kakar January 08, 2014 at 01:19 AM
Temp.'s will be very very cold in the early morning. Prince William county should be at least 2 hours late.
Roberto Benítez January 08, 2014 at 02:04 AM
The school should be closed tommor because my son is 10 and he has to walk to school in the cold scine I am a single parent and unable to take him in woodbridge area there is black ice on all roads and patchs of thick ice I would appricate if there was no school because I dont want a call from the hospital saying my son got hurt walking to school so be aware of the circumstances the wind is supposed to pick up to high of 10 mph so I think it would be unsafe to send kids walking and on buses to school while there is alot of danger its in the teens weather and kids can get sick and hurt easly
Carrie January 08, 2014 at 02:44 AM
I think its common sense school she be at the very least delayed. Prince William schools has a hard time making any decision weather related in a timely fashion. It's sad everyone must wait till last minute for them to make up their minds!!!
Kerri Charette January 08, 2014 at 05:39 AM
I just walked my dogs and it was very cold 7 degrees!! Kids should be at least 2 hours late too cold to stand and wait for bus or walk to school for those don't take the bus.
Richard Libeau January 08, 2014 at 06:23 AM
Only 8 degrees and half the buse wont start should definitely be 2 hours late. Ridiculous every other district is.
Felix Perez III January 08, 2014 at 07:41 AM
My neighbors kid just fell and broke his arm, great PW. Be careful everybody is cold out there
Lorelei Kennedy January 08, 2014 at 08:59 AM
It doesn't matter if the PWCS opens, delays, or closes they will never make everyone happy. A delay would not make that much of a difference as it will still be below freezing. Drive your children to school or bus stop, or team up with a friend or neighbor to drive instead. Feed your child a warm breakfast, have them wear layers of clothing, hat, scarf, mittens/gloves, and a coat. It's cold outside, help your child make common sense decisions like stay away from ice. Kids need to be in school they have missed so much time already this school year.
Carrie January 08, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Safety comes before school any day of the week!
Mariam kakar January 08, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Well said Carrie!!!


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