Chesterfield defends decision not to close schools

Posted at 3:56 PM, Mar 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-17 17:48:26-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Winter weather did not cancel school for Chesterfield students Monday.

CBS 6 asked the district why they opted to delay school by two hours.

“The decision was made this morning for the school division to proceed with a two-hour delay, and our school buses arrived safely,” Shawn Smith, Chesterfield Schools spokesperson, said in a statement. “Our decisions are made in consultation with local and state police and the Virginia Department of Transportation. We have announced that all after-school activities are canceled.”

Snow Early Monday morning, other area school districts first opted to delay the start of school by two hours. However, as the morning wore on, Richmond and Henrico decided to cancel school for the day.

The CBS 6 Storm Team forecast scattered snow and sleet showers that would taper off from west to east Monday afternoon, with temperatures remaining near the freezing mark.

The main roads are wet, with slick spots on bridges, overpasses and elevated roads.  Secondary roads will remain slippery this evening and overnight, as temperatures dip back into the upper 20s.