Charlottesville City Schools open on time despite cold

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Almost every school district in Central Virginia was delayed or closed Thursday because of the cold weather, except for Charlottesville City Schools.

Surrounding counties like Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa delayed the start of school.

Culpeper County Public Schools were closed.

However, Charlottesville City Schools opened on time.

Beth Cheuk, Coordinator of Community Relations for the school disvision, said the superintendent and assistant superintendent look at several factors when considering to delay or closer for the cold.

One factor is how much the temperature will change from hour to hour.

Cheuk said the main reason schools opened on time Thursday was because the wind chill was not extreme enough to make a difference.

"Yesterday, we were concerned about winds, but today there was no wind chill factor for this morning. And also, difference in temperature between one and two hours is usually very, very minimal," Cheuk said.

She also said that city bus drivers went into work one hour early to ensure that everything ran smoothly with picking students up on time.

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