List of school closings, delays around Columbus

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 5, 2014 

The Muscogee County School District administration building is at 2960 Macon Road.

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The Muscogee County School District has delayed Tuesday's start times by one hour to give more time for students to get to school during the frigid morning commute, the district announced Monday afternoon in a news release.

Tuesday will be the first day of classes since the Christmas break in Muscogee County.

"Buses also will run one hour later than the scheduled pick-up time to assist with student and bus driver visibility," MCSD communications director Valerie Fuller said in the release. "All after school events/activities and outdoor physical education activities are cancelled for Tuesday. Breakfast will still be served at schools. All MCSD employees should report to work at the regular start time."

Phenix City Public Schools announced on its website Monday afternoon that its schools will start two hours later than normal Tuesday. Bus routes will pick up two hours later than normal but will drop off at normal times at the end of the school day, according to the website.

The Russell County School District announced on its website Monday afternoon that its schools will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday and buses will run two hours late but employees are required to report at their regular time.

Calvary Christian School will start one hour later than normal Tuesday.

St. Patrick's Catholic School will allow students to dress out of uniform Tuesday so they can wear warmer clothing.

Marion County schools will be closed Tuesday, but faculty must report to work at 9 a.m., according to the district's website.

Due to predicted inclement weather conditions and wind chills below zero, Troup County School System will close schools for students Tuesday, the district announced in a news release Monday afternoon.

Troup's school activities Tuesday also are canceled, but employees will be required to report to work, although at the delayed time of 10 a.m.

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Students will make up the missed class time March 14, which had been scheduled as an off day for students and a professional learning day for faculty.

Troup's schools were open Monday, but schools in Chambers County, Ala., were closed because of the threat of extremely cold weather and icy roads.

As of 7:30 a.m., Monday, Weather.com reported the temperature at 30 degrees in Columbus, with winds at 20 to 25 miles per hour. Winds are expected to reach 30 miles per hour, with the temperature staying roughly the same until night.

Chambers County schools will reopen Tuesday but not until 10 a.m.

The same is true for schools in Lanett, Ala.

Also closed Monday due to the weather were St. Anne-Pacelli, Glenwood and Meriwether County. Muscogee and Chattahoochee county schools already had Monday as a scheduled day off for students. MCSD employees were asked to report to work at schools and administrative offices at the delayed time of 10 a.m. Monday.

Harris County students won't return to class from the semester break until Wednesday. Teacher work days have been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at some Harris County schools.

Chattahoochee Valley Community College will close at 5 p.m. Monday and reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Larry Gierer contributed to this story

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