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Harford County Schools Opening Late Friday

Freezing rain and a wintry mix caused a delayed opening to end the week.

Due to freezing rain and a wintry mix, Harford County Public Schools are opening two hours late Friday.

Morning pre-K and preschool services will not be held.

John Carroll School will also open two hours late, with a 2:40 p.m. dismissal for all students.

Harford Day School will also open two hours late.

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TYler M. February 08, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Got a call at 5:08 that schools are two hrs. delay. Wow all I had 3 school busses on the road by then and one had a child on it. Should be a easy task ??????
Take Responsibility! February 08, 2013 at 12:47 PM
We wouldn't want our children to get wet, now would we?
SnakeSkin February 08, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Ummmmmm what freezing rain???
Terry February 08, 2013 at 02:17 PM
What was the delay for ----rain??? It's getting a little ridiculous
Hollee Sifford February 08, 2013 at 03:25 PM
If i can help....Sometimes the upper part of the county has different conditions and therefor they make the decision county wide based on those conditions they do NOT delay/close based on towns but COUNTY wide....I realize some may get frustrated but....SAFETY to the students and drivers are first priority:) And for those who think it is safe in questionable conditions please realize.. when road conditions are questionable and you are driving back roads with with sometimes 30+ students and i am sure everyone has expereinenced a "UNEXPECTED" slide it can be VERY DIFFICULT to keep the bus on the road and maintain the safety of the kids....PLEASE remember all roads are not in the townships...Example 161,Lapidum Road,Earlton Road, just to name a few So please before you judge u must remember the call is based on a county wide road condition NOW drive safe and enjoy the week-end:)
Terry February 08, 2013 at 03:34 PM
If they invest in snow chains like the snowbelt states - no trouble for the buses making it
John W February 08, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Oh Please.......All day yesterday and all last night the weather channel on their hourly report never forecasted for the temperature to go below 35 at any point. Also they said the temperature would rise steadily from 4AM on. Maybe they missed science class where they didn't hear that water will not freeze above 32. The closest any near freezing temperatures got to Bel Air was 20 miles north of York, PA. Amazing!!!.
Hollee Sifford February 08, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Well they ONLY went 2 hours late!!!!!!!!!Glad the county puts our kids and drivers on the top of their SAFETY LIST:) It amazes me the fussing on here about a 2 hour DELAY just to stay CAUTIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
passwipe February 08, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Nanny state nonsense, one other school system and the Hereford zone of Baltimore county was delayed. Who was in the wrong here? Pretty soon an overcast will cause early dismissal.because they aren't sure headlights on all the busses work correctly.
passwipe February 08, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Townships? This isn't Pennsylvania, yo! Did you not notice the copious amounts of salt dumped on the roads,.combined with above freezing temperatures the past week? Oh, I guess not.
YepYep February 08, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Yep, we're gonna' have to begin school session at least an hour later next year because it's too dark out in the morning. Bus drivers can't see, even with head lights on. Safety first, ya'know. Another big argument for starting schools at 10AM is that It's also everyone's fault you are going to work in the morning rush hour before sun rise; is that children do not have enough attention span to pay attention to vehicular traffic when crossing streets, etc. etc.
Ruffin February 09, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Create a Hereford zone in Harford County. The school system is so afraid of law suits that it panics when there is a half inch of snow, maybe some icing near the Jarrettsville area, or the possibility of snow in the afternoon for an early dismissal. The kids just go to the mall anyway, nothing stops that. Geech.

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