Both Barbour and Upshur County school systems reconvened with a two-hour delay Wednesday, the first time students were back in class after missing a series of school days because of Superstorm Sandy.
However, one Upshur County school - French Creek Elementary - remained closed after power was restored too late to make arrangements to reopen, Assistant Superintendent David E. Dilly said.
Two-hour delays are scheduled today in Upshur and Tucker counties.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
After Superstorm Sandy gave many area students a series of snow days, it was finally time for Upshur County students to return to school Wednesday. After their first day back in class, Buckhannon Academy Elementary School students in kindergarten and first grade climb back into their buses to return home. Upshur County Schools will be operating on a two-hour delay today, along with Barbour and Tucker counties.
Upshur County Superintendent of Schools Scott Lampinen said some routes contain areas that are still unsuitable for bus travel.
"We just feel it's very important that our students and our buses aren't out before daybreak," Lampinen said.
Bus drivers in Barbour and Upshur counties whose routes are affected by those areas have been in communication with parents. Parents in Upshur County have been able to make arrangements to have their child picked up by the bus elsewhere, or drive their student to school. Both county superintendents said that storm-related absences would be excused.
"A couple bus routes were diverted a little bit due to some power lines, tree situations," Barbour County Superintendent Dr. Joseph Super said. "The drivers made it work. I can't thank them enough,"
Both Upshur and Barbour County schools have plans to make up for missed school days caused by the storm. Both county school systems can convert Out-of-School Environment days on their yearly calendar into regular school days if necessary.
Upshur County Schools has six available OSE days, and Lampinen said those days would most likely be converted to school days.
"Our number one thing is to be sure we're doing our best to be sure our students are safe and secure," Lampinen said.
Barbour County schools reported up to eight available out-of-school days that could be converted into school days to make up for lost time. Super said five of those available days will be converted and made up after the beginning of March.
All Barbour County schools were in session Wednesday.
"We're very fortunate all our schools have power," Super said, adding there was a boil-water situation in effect for Kasson Elementary/Middle School, Philip Barbour High School and Junior Elementary School. However, officials obtained water for use at those schools.
Randolph County students also returned to their classrooms Wednesday, getting back to their normal class schedule.
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