SURRY COUNTY, N.C. -- The cold temperatures and sleet are why several school systems in the northern part of the Piedmont dismissed students early Friday morning.
In Surry County, schools closed just a couple hours after kids got there.
“It's been kind of crazy and different. I thought they were going to be in school all day, but obviously there was a change of plans,” said Jay Worsley, a Dobson Elementary School parent.
The school system dismissed high schools at 10 a.m., then the rest of the district at 10:30 a.m.
“The temperatures were falling quicker than we predicted,” said Surry County Schools Superintendent Travis Reeves. “In Surry County, we have a huge variation in elevation from the northern part of the county to the southern part of the county. I have to take all of that into consideration.”
Reeves said they made the decision for the safety of students, student drivers, and bus drivers. The concern was temperatures would drop below freezing before students were safely back home. Reeves said the dismissal process went smoothly Friday.
Elkin City Schools, Mount Airy City Schools, Stokes County Schools, Yadkin County Schools and Rockingham County Schools also dismissed students early Friday.