Carroll County Public Schools will be closed for students again Wednesday, and Superintendent Steve Guthrie said that will likely be the case for the rest of the week because work is still being done to clear bus loops and parking lots at Carroll's 42 school buildings.
"It is a day-to-day decision, but it is unlikely that students will be back by the end of the week," Guthrie said.
So far, Carroll County has used three of its five snow days built into its calendar and would use a fourth if schools are closed again Thursday. CCPS was already scheduled to be closed for students Friday, Jan. 29, for an in-service day for teachers.
"Roads need to be cleaned and accessible, and all of that will take some time," Guthrie said. "Citizens shouldn't worry that schools aren't being plowed yet. Safety is our first priority."
Guthrie said he hoped to have 17 schools cleared by the end of Tuesday.
"Emergency crews are clearing paths to get into the schools to check for damage," Guthrie said.
While the school system owns some snow removal equipment, it does not own the front loaders and dump trucks needed to remove the large amounts of heavy snow brought by Winter Storm Jonas.
The schools' snow removal crews were working with outside contractors to get the right equipment to remove the snow, said Ray Prokop, the school system's director of facilities management.
"We're just trying to move the snow and we're struggling like everybody else to get the proper equipment on site," Prokop said. "A lot of the equipment is being used for road work. They're finding that they have to work longer than they thought they would, so right now we're just going day-to-day."
Carey Gaddis, CCPS public information specialist said Wednesday's after-school and evening activities, including a scheduled hearing on the superintendent's proposed budget and a Board of Education work session, are also canceled.
The CCPS central office will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday and, if accessible, school offices would be open as well, Guthrie said. Liberal leave is in effect for all employees.
Times Editor S. Wayne Carter Jr. contributed to this article.
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