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Cherokee Schools Cancel Wednesday Classes [UPDATED]

Schools, offices closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

A photo of the Cherokee snow storm sent in by a Patch user.
A photo of the Cherokee snow storm sent in by a Patch user.
The Cherokee School District's schools and offices will close on Wednesday following Tuesday's winter storm. The announced closure comes as Cherokee officials were caught off guard by the weather, as little to no accumulations were predicted.  

As of Tuesday afternoon, some Cherokee students remained at school after early closures due to buses being unable to safely reach the schools. As of late Tuesday evening, the district was down to about 415 students who were camped out at their schools.

"Cherokee County EMA (Emergency Operations) is suspending its delivery assistance for the night, so most of these students will be sheltering overnight," District Spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby added. 
 
The school district has more than 39,000 students and 4,400 staff members.

Cherokee Charter Academy also announced that it would be closed Wednesday, with plans to resume normal operations Thursday.
Frank Jones January 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Thank you teachers and school administrators who dealt with the fiasco yesterday. You stayed with our children keeping them safe, warm and fed even though many of you have kids of your own and/or spouses who you were concerned about.
Allah Tabul January 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Thank you teachers and school administrators for dealing with being forced to work with non-existent "leadership" that ignored an obvious winter storm that had been predicted for 2 days and that knowingly put 39,000 children into harm's way to make up for the blunder of cancelling school 2 weeks ago when it was simply cold outside. The district will be lucky to avoid a big class-action lawsuit from all parents who were involved in wrecks trying to pick up children who should've never been in school in the first place. There will be no accountability for this epic blunder. Only excuses. Thank you, Ga DOT, for completely, utterly failing in your jobs too.
Frank Jones January 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Allah...lighten up dude. The weather forecast was that Canton was to receive less than 1 inch of snow. If Dr. P had canceled school yesterday AND the snow not come or was a dusting, you'd be blasting him for closing the schools for a "blunder". Look, it was a major inconvenience but the children were not put in significant "harm's way". Lastly, you summed it up in your last sentence "Thank you GA DOT, for completely, utterly failing.." The state and state gov'ts failed to do their job of keeping roadways open.
Planet Rock January 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM
I think too many people are willing to let the schools slide on this mistake. It's simply not true that the schools didn't know snow was coming. I've heard that excuse way too much. I knew it was coming, all I had to do was turn on the weather channel, or go to any weather site online, or look at the app on my iPhone. Yes, they did know, and yes, they planned ahead of time to do an early release. The schools get a certain amount of federal dollars for the students in school, for a given number of hours. If a child stays until 11am, the school gets money. Bottom line. They hoped they could get the kids to school and back home before the snow came. But to say they schools didn't know the snow was coming is to join them in a lie, and cover their actions. Like many parents, I walked miles to get my children out of a stranded school bus. I'm not saying they care more about money that children's safety, but in this case they definitely put money AHEAD of the safety of the kids. I'm glad the actual workers (teachers, bus drivers, etc) did their best to help the situation. But teachers I spoke to admitted they knew it would snow. Don't encourage politicians and leaders to claim they live in a bubble of knowledge. They should man up and quit blaming some secret weather report. Emergency services simply doesn't have the equipment or materials to keep roads running smoothly all the time. I've lived here for 15 years and I knew that. I know what havoc can be caused by an inch of icy snow on an untreated road. Why didn't the school superintendent know that?
Allah Tabul January 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM
The children who were placed onto buses on snow-covered, wreck-filled roads weren't put in significant harm's way? Really? The lengths some people will go to excuse the inexcusable and to attempt to provide cover for this abysmal failure of local school leadership are amazing. It's clear that all these local school districts were trying to sneak in a day to cover for their tremendously-stupid decision to close school due to cold temps 2 weeks ago. Schools should always be canceled in the face of an imminent winter storm. They should not be canceled due to simple, cold weather, no matter who is running for election that day.
Planet Rock January 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Whenever there are emergencies (snow, tornadoes, floods, etc), it's always interesting to listen to the Cherokee County Public Safety radio channel. It's amazing to hear what police, firefights, paramedics, etc are doing and how swamped they are. It's hard to understand them sometimes, like a pilot talking to the control tower. Yesterday I heard about wrecks, closed roads, and other things here in Woostock that helped keep me informed. I use a smartphone app, but you may be able to find it online (or maybe you own a police scanner). Either way, I'm always impressed at how hard these people work and the long hours they put in when things get tough. I'm glad my only hardship was to walk several miles to get my kids. These guys worked extra long hours in the freezing cold trying to help people and clear roads.
Planet Rock January 29, 2014 at 01:05 PM
One more thing, a big thanks goes out to so many citizens who jumped into the fray and started helping out. On Towne Lake Parkway, westbound between the Starbucks and the Kroger, that hill was nearly impassible. There was a guy with deicing fluid and a shovel helping cars get up the hill. Several others, including myself, took the time to jump in and help push the cars up the hill. I don't know who that guy was, but thanks to him the traffic kept moving, although at a snails pace. Everywhere I walked, I saw people helping each other push cars along. Cops were not around, they were far too busy to get to every stranded motorist right away. I'm glad our society still knows how to roll up its sleeves and take care of each other.
Frank Jones January 29, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Allah and Planet...I respect your opinion but simply disagree with your "black and white" portrayal of the situations yesterday and two weeks ago. Yes they canceled school two weeks ago do the extreme cold, and it was extreme cold. The reason they did so was because cold can cause frost bite and kill. Many people in Georgia simply don't have adequate cold weather clothing and young children (think elementary school) are more susceptible to cold than older children and adults. You're blasting Dr. P for his decision to protect the children from extreme cold. As to the notion of putting the lives of 39,000 children in harms way yesterday, give me a break. The temps weren't too cold yesterday and you could safely be outside for hours without a jacket (cold yes, but risk of serious injury or death, no). My children stayed at the schools and were prepared to spend the night...No big deal! In respect to yesterday's decision, I too was following the weather on my Android app and we were supposed to receive less than 1 inch later in the day. If we'd gotten less than an inch or even worse, just a dusting, you'd be blasting Dr. P for canceling school for "no good reason" (think two weeks ago). I wish that Dr. P had canceled school to be cautious. Then again, I could have kept me kids home. I also wish that my wife's employer had said, "don't come in, work from home", but no, the threat of snow wasn't that great. Maybe her boss should be fired and the company sued for reckless endangerment! Now, I'm not giving Dr. P a free pass on the situation. Where were the snow chains? They could certainly afford to buy chains for every bus! Where was the planning of sending bus children home in advance of car riders (i.e. 1 car = 1-3 kids, 1 bus = 60+ kids. Lets make room for the buses to get in and out of the schools by keeping parents at home just a little longer to serve the greater good. Where was the county and cities in providing officers to direct traffic? Where was the state and cities in salting/sanding the roads (especially around schools and high traffic areas)? Where were the snow scrapers? I used to live in another city that didn't own enough plows, so they contracted with companies in Ohio and other snowy states to come in during an emergency. Where the blame on the CC Board of Commissioners? FWIW...I don't love everything Dr P does but sometimes stuff happens.
Planet Rock January 29, 2014 at 03:50 PM
I'd say it's best to leave the last "cold day" out of the equation. The situation yesterday was that everyone knew snow was coming, and the school refused to cancel. End of story. I'm glad we had teachers and bus drivers who stuck with it. But the blame goes squarely on the shoulders of school officials.
Allah Tabul January 29, 2014 at 06:36 PM
Frank, it wasn't a matter of yesterday's temps being too cold re:danger. It's putting the children onto buses and parents into cars and both onto dangerous roads that was hazardous to the children's health. Even you can't ignore the epic traffic disaster that occurred across metro Atlanta yesterday. THAT is the danger the superintendent needlessly exposed our children to. Yesterday's temps were in the low-to-mid 20s all day long. Not sure how that's so much safer than the low teens in your book. Face it: This and other metro area school districts screwed up! All need to be held accountable.
Allah Tabul January 29, 2014 at 08:59 PM
http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2014/01/29/top-weather-guy-to-those-who-talk-of-unexpected-snowjam-wrong-wrong-and-wrong/

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