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Schools Closed Yet Another Day Due to Snow

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UNDATED- For the third day in a row Thursday, many schools in Delaware and Maryland were either closed or shortened due to the snowstorm that passed through the region earlier in the week. And with the Monday holiday, this has meant a week-long vacation for many students in Sussex County. 

Students are of course happy about this time off, but many parents are starting to become frustrated by this long period of cancellations. WBOC spoke to many parents who said they believed the Thursday cancellation was an over-reaction.

In Selbyville, John and Ashley Brickley engage in a snowball fight with their 10-year old son, Gage. The parents have mixed emotions about the decision to cancel schools in the Indian River School District. 

"Now the third day here," John said. "I'm kinda surprised a little bit. It doesn't really seem like they need to be out of school a whole day. Maybe a late opening maybe." 

"It's a little overkill," agreed his wife. "They should be in school. But I like them being at home with me."

But in the meantime, it's meant a lot of free time for the Brickley clan, including their three young children.

At the Indian River School District headquarters down the street, administrators are hard at work, even as the students are at home. Preston Lewis, the administrator for Student Services at the Indian River School District said the decision was all about safety. 

"Safety is our number one priority," he said. "These days unfortunately are going to have to be made up probably in the summer time. So it's not like these kids and teachers are getting off a day just because of the weather conditions. These days are going to have to be made up."

And Lewis said these decisions are not made lightly. He was up at 4:00 a.m., joining a conference call from representatives from many other county school districts.

John Ewald, the Superintendent for the Laurel School Districts said the state of the roads were a major factor in why school was canceled Thursday morning. 

"We want our kids in school but to get them here they need to travel on the roads in our area," he said. "And right now the roads in our area, which are rural, are not clear."

At the Laurel Pizzeria, just blocks away from the high school, Al White sits with his grandson James. Studying at Sussex Tech, 14-year old James is also enjoying his "awesome" vacation, but his grandfather thinks it's an unnecessary cancellation. 

"He needs to be in school," he said. "Because... he's going to have to make it up when it's nice and warm."

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