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Newton Schools closed again today

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Newton County Schools will remained closed to students and staff today.

"Following consultation with our NCSS Operations personnel, as well as receiving various reports from various governmental entities (Thursday) afternoon, the Newton County School System will not be in session for students or any employees (today)," said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews. "Secondary road conditions, especially, are not safe as of yet for our buses. Additionally, some parking lots and sidewalks remain iced."

Schools are expected to reopen Tuesday, after Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for students and staff, Mathews said.

According to state education laws, a local Board of Education may elect not to reschedule up to four days when a school was closed due to an emergency, disaster, act of God, civil disturbance or shortage of vital or critical materials, supplies or fuel without requesting a waiver from the Georgia Department of Education.

Top administrators will meet once they are able to return to their offices to determine whether they will take advantage of that rule or decide that students and staff need to make up the days later this year.

The Newton County School System already has shortened its 2010-11 school year by six days for staff and two days for students to save about $400,000 per day.

A winter break is scheduled for mid-February and a spring break for early April. A few teacher work days also are scheduled throughout the rest of the year.