Cold, Iciness Prompts 5 School District Delays
COLLEGEVILLE PA – Students in the Perkiomen Valley, Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Spring-Ford Area, and Boyertown Area school districts all were scheduled to enjoy a later start to their school days Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2019), as each district declared two-hour delays due to bitter cold and icy travel conditions resulting from a winter storm.
Actual high temperatures were expected to reach only 32 degrees Wednesday, but blustery winds were anticipated to create wind chills possibly down to 20 degrees below zero, according to forecasters.
In Perkiomen Valley
The two-hour delay in Perkiomen Valley will result in cancellation of morning vocational education, the district said. Kindergarten students also follow a modified schedule, with morning session attendance from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and afternoons from 1:30-3:15 p.m.
Pottsgrove officials gave parents and families ample warning Tuesday night (Jan. 29) by announcing their Wednesday delay well in advance, and earned praised on social media channels as a result. The district specifically mentioned “road conditions and overnight freezing” as concerns.
Pottstown’s inclement weather delay also prompted cancellation of its Rupert Elementary School “walking school bus” for Wednesday, it said. Officials reminded parents the district does not serve breakfast on days in which schools open two hours later.
Spring-Ford’s two-hour delay will alter its kindergarten schedule, according to the district. Morning kindergarten sessions, with students arriving at 10:45 a.m., will run from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Afternoon sessions, with arrivals at 1:45 p.m., will run from 1:55-3:40 p.m.
Boyertown’s delay will result in kindergarten schedule modifications outlined in the district handbook, and its career technology classes will follow its stated delayed schedule procedures.
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