Parents question Prince William Schools for 7th weather closure this school year
WOODBRIDGE, Va. (ABC7) —
For the seventh time this school year, Prince William County Public Schools closed on Monday. The school system made the call Sunday night and says the main reason was concerns about ice.
Other school systems that closed in our area Monday include Fauquier County, Frederick County, Manassas City, and Warren County in Virginia; Frederick County and Washington County in Maryland; and Berkeley County, Hampshire County, Jefferson County, and Morgan County in West Virginia.
Parents in Prince William County that ABC7 talked to were divided on whether school should have been cancelled Monday.
Prince William County Public Schools sent ABC7 the following about why it already made the decision to close Sunday evening:
“To ensure parents have adequate notification, and given many parents’ very early morning commutes, decisions are made the night before when practicable. The number one priority is student, staff and parent safety. Given the National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory until 10 am with the potential for ice in areas across the County, the decision was made to close. Busses, even in a two hour delay, start rolling by 7:30 am, and bus drivers must leave home well before then.”
The school system says even though it’s already called off school seven days and had five delays and one early release, it still has plenty of cushion before it would have to add days to the school calendar.
The state requires 990 “instructional hours” of school each year and PWCPS says it has enough hours left to cancel about ten days of school and still meet the requirement.