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NCSS remain open for now - 01/07/2010

COVINGTON — Wintry weather headed toward North Georgia hasn't forced the closing of Newton County schools yet.

The Newton County School System announced late this morning that schools would remain open as scheduled today.

"The most current weather forecast indicates snow accumulation will not begin until Thursday evening," said Sherri Viniard, director of public relations at NCSS.

"The District will continue to monitor weather and road conditions into the night."

Any time unfavorable weather conditions are expected, NCSS Superintendent Steven Whatley monitors the weather forecast and keeps in regular contact with the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the school system's transportation department to check on roadway conditions.

"Should it be determined that road conditions are just too dangerous for the buses, as well as our parents and employees, to be out on the roads, the superintendent would make the decision to either cancel school for the day or delay the opening, depending on how bad the roadways are," Viniard said earlier this week.

She said if a decision is made to cancel or delay the opening of schools Friday, NCSS expects to make the announcement either late tonight or early Friday morning.

She said schools would use its School Messenger automated phone system to phone parents, and the school system also would contact major television networks and metro-Atlanta radio stations; officials also will update the NCSS Web site, www.newtoncountyschools.org, if possible.

Makeup days would be determined at a later date, Viniard said.