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First Coast school closings: Baker, Nassau schools announce closures for Thursday

Duval, St. John's and Clay schools to remain open

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 3:53pm  |  Updated: January 29, 2014 - 9:51pm

A few North Florida schools already are notifying parents that they’ll be closed tomorrow because of winter weather advisories.

Baker and Nassau Counties both recently notified parents that the schools will not open Thursday morning but that plans are set for them to reopen Friday.

Early morning slippery roads and icy conditions could make traveling dangerous for buses and cars transporting children in much of the county, said Sharyl Wood, a top administrato for 11,200-student Nassau Schools.

Although the weather is supposed to improve later in the day, she said it’s unlikely parents would want to send children to school for a half day.

She said her district has built in three “calamity days” in the school calendar and this will be the first one used. If districts close schools for more than the calamity days built into their school calendars, they’ll likely be required to add days or hours onto the remaining school calendar to meet minimum requirements.

Baker Schools Superintendent Sherry Raulerson also recently put out notice of those schools closing, giving 5,000 students the day off.

But Duval, St. John's and Clay county schools all have decided to remain open. School officials say they don't expect roads to be too icy for buses in their districts.

 
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