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School officials exert caution, cancel classes

October 30, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Students in Randolph and Pocahontas counties were dismissed three hours early Monday because of the impending storm.

"We evaluate road conditions between 3 and 4 a.m. unless conditions warrant it earlier," Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares said on Monday. "Although we have not made any decisions about school closing Tuesday, we are looking at the possibility of snow, high winds, falling tree limbs and power interruptions. There are too many variables to make an early decision."

Phares said the decision to dismiss schools early Monday was made because Pickens had 3 inches of snow and Harman had snow on the ground as well.

As of noon, the West Virginia Department of Education listed 11 counties that canceled school Monday, and five counties were dismissing early. Local counties that canceled school Monday included Grant, Hardy and Pendleton.

Tucker County students were not in school Monday because of an I.S.E. day. Instructional support and enhancement days (I.S.E.) are scheduled days for teachers; however, students attend only at the request of their teachers for additional assistance.

Dr. Eddie Campbell, superintendent of Tucker County Schools, said the county has canceled all after-school activities for Monday.

"It is too early to judge what Tuesday will bring," Campbell said. "We want to wait things out to make sure the weather doesn't change. If we have to cancel school, we will let everyone know. There are already 2 inches of snow on the mountain, but no accumulation in Parsons."

Barbour County schools did not cancel school Monday, but did cancel all extracurricular activities after school. Superintendent of Barbour County School Dr. Joseph Super said they are gearing up to run schools today.

"We have no plans to cancel school Monday or Tuesday," Super said. "If the weather negates a change of plan, we will begin with a two-hour delay and adjust from there."

Super said the determination to dismiss early or close school lies with the answer to a few questions: "If you were a driver would you be comfortable on the roads?" and "Is it safe for kids to be in a bus on the roads?"

Meanwhile, Davis & Elkins College is canceling classes through Wednesday because of impending weather conditions. Faculty and commuter students are encouraged to stay home.

Residential students who were able to travel home safely were encouraged to do so Monday, while road conditions permitted.

In the event of an extended power outage, plans are in place for emergency accommodations for those students who remain on campus.

College staff members should contact their management team member or immediate supervisor for their reporting responsibilities.

Classes are scheduled to resume on Thursday. For updates and additional information, go to or call 304-637-1900.



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