Complete coverage of the winter storm:
- Snow and ice shut down Northeast Georgia
- Frosty Fun: Some folks get out and have fun in the snow
- VIEW: Photos taken by The Times' photographers
- VIEW: Photos submitted by The Times' readers
Gainesville City Schools, Hall County Schools and other systems across the state are closed again today as temperatures refuse to ease conditions on area roads.
Local superintendents began talking Monday afternoon and decided to go ahead and announce today’s closing in order to give parents a chance to plan, Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said.
“We’re in for cold temperatures, freezing of the snow layers and a mix of snow and sleet coming down now,” Dyer said Monday. “It was pretty clear we are not running buses (today).”
Going into this week, Hall County and Gainesville had three remaining school days built into their schedule.
Georgia school districts can have up to four snow days each year; otherwise the state requires they make up the extra days.
School officials said they will decide between 1-4 p.m. today whether to call off classes Wednesday.
“We’re not sure where the end is in sight ... and there are still a number of bad roads in the county,” Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said.
The winter storm has also impacted after-school programs; extracurricular and athletic events were suspended Monday and again today.
Safety and logistics are priorities any time a decision is made to close schools, officials said.
“We’ll continue to take it a day at a time and see what’s happening again,” Schofield said.