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School districts aren't taking any chances with the cold weather

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- School delays because of winter weather don't come often in southeastern North Carolina so a 2-hour delay is not a bad deal for some students. The cold weather has many students are hoping for a snow day.

The cold weather has school officials thinking about student's safety. Bladen and Columbus County schools are among the first to delay classes.

"They got on the intercom and said there was going to be a 2-hour delay tomorrow because there's a possibility of snow," said Darius Freeman. "Everybody was happy and our teacher had to tell everyone to be quiet."

Many students are excited about getting the chance to sleep in a little bit longer and they aren't the only ones.

"Well usually I start at 6:30 a.m., so I'll be looking forward to sleeping a little bit late," said Jaman Graham.

Graham is a Columbus County bus driver. He's excited to catch a few extra hours of sleep but is concerned about getting behind the wheel if there are icy roads.

"It's kind of scary because it's my first year driving with it being this type of weather and it being cold," said Graham. "I've heard about black ice and stuff so I'm going to be weary about that but other than that I'll be okay."

A 2-hour delay means parents who drive their kids to school will have to rearrange their schedules. If snow comes our way some students are hoping for a snow day. It may sound nice but a day off from school means students will have to make it up on a Saturday.

"I hate to make it up," said Freeman. "Saturdays are my days. That's basically when I do me. Monday through Friday I'm at school dealing with my teachers and doing my work."

Whatever Thursday may bring Columbus Schools Superintendent Dan Strickland says the safety of the students and faculty is the number one priority.

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Hats off to Columbus Co. schools for not waiting till the LAST minute (as usual) to announce delays. Kuddos on prompt posting of the school websites also.