Area schools preparing for cold weather

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Several school systems have announced two-hour delays, yet all county maintenance teams are prepping for the cold weather.

Rockingham County Schools Superintendent Rodney Shotwell said while maintenance staff is already in the middle of their 30 day checkup, they have 50 extra engine batteries on standby.

"Our mechanics are going to be real troopers they're still gettin out at five o'clock tomorrow morning and going around and starting all the buses ahead of time," Shotwell said.

Guilford County Schools Maintenance Director Gerald Greeson said that all technicians are working tonight until the job is done checking boilers, pipes and air compressors.

"We've sent notes out to the principal to make sure they leave the water dripping at night in the mobile units," Greeson said. "They're standalone units and they're vulnerable to freezing."

Heat will be kept on overnight at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools as well as an early start of the day for maintenance in case of an issue.