Special to SEGAZINE
With overnight temperatures expected in the teens, several Southeast Georgia school systems canceled Tuesday classes and others were considering it.
Coffee County and Pierce County will delay resuming classes after the Christmas break by one day and reopen Wednesday while others, Wayne County and Brantley County, already had planned to be out until Wednesday.
LeVance Gay, an assistant superintendent for Pierce County schools, said the classrooms will be plenty warm but that the problem is getting children from their homes to schools.
About two thirds of the system’s students ride buses and would be subjected to dangerous cold at the stops, Gay said.
“When we go pick them up at 6:30 and it’s 18 degrees and the wind is blowing 18 to 20 mph, we just didn’t think that would be safe,’’ Gay said.
When wind chills drop to the single digits, the National Weather Service advises that any exposure be limited to no more than 10 minutes, Gay said.
“The bus may not be there in 10 minutes. It’s just not a safe situation,’’ he said.