School systems opening late Thursday due to cold

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Submitted: Thu, 01/08/2015 - 12:09pm
Updated: Thu, 01/08/2015 - 3:44pm By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Due to the impending cold weather, some school systems have decided to start Thursday’s school day late.

According to the Columbus County School System’s twitter page, classes will be delayed to 10 a.m. Thursday, including Old Dock Elementary.

In an email, a spokesperson with Bladen County Schools says they are operating under a two-hour delay; Brunswick County Schools says they are operating on a one-hour delay for students.

Cape Fear Community College will open at 10 a.m. because of power outages in downtown Wilmington.

Temps are expected to hit lows in the teens, with wind chills even lower. For a complete WWAY StormTrack3 forecast, click here.


  • burgerboy says:

    boo hoo the poor littel kids dont get to go to school cause it’s too cold. wow what if it was like 100 degrees outside or raining or snowing or a volcano exploded? would they have to go to school then? well let me tell you something im not all that old but even when i was a wee tot we had to go to school when it was like 18 degrees outside and we froze our little tooshy’s off and we didn’t give a rip abot it and if u don’t like it u can lump it and then take it down the road and dump it and shut up abot it cause your making us look like a bunch of wussys in front of all them yankems who need to go back where from they came!!!

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    Over cold/2 hour school delays/bad spelling/Northerners remarks/…etc./etc.!
    I sent this link to a friend that’s a comedy writer in town and he just wrote back saying these comments just gave him the idea for a new stand up comedy series he’s calling….”Everybody’s doing it-doing it…Picking their Nose and Chewing It-Chewing It!!!”
    He’s running it thru the channels Upstairs for approval as I write…and None of Y’allzins get a dime of “Royalties” neither. This will appear at the Madalay Bay casino in February!
    Or is that…”Febuouairy”? Either way…he said to tell Y’allzins…”Danke!!!!!” (He’s German/or Jurrmin) Spell Check stopped with the last Windows Updates :-(
    Keep ‘Em comin’!!!!!!!

  • portcity says:

    Hey noni you probably had to look that up to find your answer and you are wrong about your definition! Merriam is correct but there are more than one definition of Buses/Busses. Buses refers to the 1. Definition while busses is defined by 3b. Its sad you had to look that up to try and be a jerk. The spelling busses hasn’t been used for school buses in about 50 years. Its like colour/color, theatre/theater, grey/gray, faith/faith, which/whiche, etc.
    Languages and spelling have evolved you should try the same….

  • Shocked says:

    Bless your heart!! I can’t believe that you have the gall to attack a child.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Give the kid a break. It’s a honest mistake that anyone can make.

  • Me342 says:

    Hey “9743”, maybe your time would be better spent learning how to spell “learning”.

  • Nonicomb says:

    Hey Ignorant Critic:

    Check your facts before you berate others for alleged mistakes. Perhaps YOUR time might be better spent LEARNING (not “leaning”) that the student is actually CORRECT. Don’t believe me? Would you believe Merriam-Webster?

    Thanks, and have a nice, warm day.

  • Shocked says:

    Bless your heart!! Wow, it takes a certain kind of person to attack a child.

  • Crystal Burney says:

    They choose to? I gurantee you most of those children don’t have the necessary clothing. So, since you don’t care how cold it is…Were you out at the bus stop at 6:30am waiting for the bus with a t-shirt on?

  • Linda P says:

    I don’t care how cold it is, kids get on the bus wearing shorts and tee shirts, everyday. They know the bus is probably warm so that is what they wear to school, then when they get to school they go straight in the building. They choose not to wear a coat unless they have too.

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    The MLK birthday/Teachers Workday time off isn’t missing yet.

  • anne says:

    Some of the commenters are concerned the kids are missing two hours? Really? They just came off of a Christmas break and next week will be getting a four day weekend for the MLK birthday and teacher workday. What about those hours they are missing?

  • Billp says:

    wussies, wussies.

  • Patricia Sutton says:

    No, not wussies. Teachers and other school personnel know how few kids have a decent coat for waiting on the bus in the early frigid temps.

  • whatever says:

    Oh, “few kids have a decent coat for waiting on the bus”. If you look at the forecast the difference is 3 degrees F. Will it really be warmer? How many working parents will have to adjust their schedule to accommodate the county? And I wonder what is the definition of “few kids”? Really? I would say that the majority of kids have coats and a few kids do not. So let’s say 10% of the kids that ride the bus do not have warm coats and they are going to stand in 20 degree temps vs 17 degree temps. Now what percentage is that to the whole school? 5%? Ok so 5% forces the other 95% to cater to their needs. This is why we are failing in education and the same decision making is ruining America.

  • portcity says:

    Calm down whats 2 hours of school? If its that big of deal parents can spend a few extra hours working with their children.We are failing at education because most parent are not involved as much as they should be and we leave it up to teachers making low wages and no funding to teach anything. Education begins at home schooling is just an important tool in a persons life. Its not just the bus stops, its also the buses and schools that need extra time to prepare. Most of the schools and buses are so old around here that many buses will have trouble starting and heating schools will be an issue. Many heaters in the schools dont work properly and take forever to heat up. And the couples hours makes a huge difference in heating building. Classrooms could be as low as freezing at 8am because alot of air conditioner are cut off at night to save electricity or because of age. The two hours should be the least of your worries.

  • Moving Forward says:

    Please be careful how you speak concerning others. Life changes has no faces. Something could happen in the middle of the night at you resident and cause you to be homeless in the blink of and eye. Repent. If you have children do they have warm coats? One child without a coat is sad.

  • Chris Craig says:

    It doesn’t matter if it’s 5 percent or one percent of children that are cold, the complete lack of concern for him/her is what’s erong with the country, not the education system.

  • Justin America says:

    I stopped reading at “Life changes has no faces” where it became clear you refused to obtain the mandatory education necessary to succeed in life. There are many programs available for you to get some remedial education. Try one.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Any adult with any sense of compassion would not have a problem with being inconvenienced by an hour or two in order to accommodate children, who are out in the freezing weather, especially if some don’t have coats. A two-hour delay is not what is wrong with our education system. It’s the waste of time and resources. There are non-academic things that can be cut out. When my daughter was in elementary school her class spent an hour a week watching movies with the guidance counselor. From first grade through fifth grade, they spent one class a week taking Spanish. I have no issue with them taking Spanish. The issue is that they used the same curriculum every year. She didn’t know any more Spanish coming out of the fifth grade than she did coming out of first grade. Now, that was two hours every week that was wasted in elementary school. Things like that are what is wrong with our education system, not weather-related delays.

  • Cast1n says:

    Dr. Markley, put your arrogance aside and consider the well being of your staff and students. With as much time that is wasted in public education especially in this county, a two hour delay is a drop in the bucket compared to the dozens of hours wasted on non educational activities. Since you feel the weather isn’t a factor, I challenge you to put on a pair of light slacks, a t-shirt and hoodie (since this is all many of our children own) and spend 45 minutes at one of the bus stops. Of course, that 45 minutes could turn into over an hour because many of the aging county buses won’t start. Oh yeah, bus drivers are coming in early to warm their buses up. Wait a minute, who is paying for these extra hours in a county that claims they have no money when teachers need supplies? Even if you start school on schedule, a large number of students won’t be on time because their parents are smart enough not to dump them off at a bus stop in arctic temperatures so either those students will get behind unnecessarily or the day will be a waste. Do the right thing and delay school.

  • Concerned student says:

    As a student who rides the bus I can tell you that this busses are old and break down easily, in fact busses are late nearly every day. I’m in New Hanover County so consider Brunswick and Columbus lucky. We get no 2 hour delay no day off no time off nothing. Instead we stand out in the freezing cold waiting on a bus which is sometimes an hour late.

  • 9743 says:

    Hey concerned student: Don’t get too upset about the “busses” in New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus counties…I think your time would be better spent leaning that “BUSSES” is actually spelled “BUSES!! By the way, which school do you attend?

  • Sgt Hardy says:

    Visit 20 or 30 schools then blow your hot air thru a heating vent where it counts….not only do we have plenty of kids with no coats..many classrooms do not have adequate heat, especially not the heat they have in Buffalo NY schools. Check out some of the trailers fulla thrift house furniture that serve as ‘school rooms’ in Pender County. Way to step up for kids.

  • portcity says:

    For all the northerners ready to bash a couple closures or delays that cold weather causes in the south dont forget how a little tropical storm or hurricane shuts down the north. Different places are prepared for different weather.

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