Schools shut due to snowy walkways

March 17, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

The snowstorm of the decade is long over, but with its effects lingering on sidewalks, Anne Arundel County public schools were closed for the third straight day today.

In anticipation of various mixtures of rain and snow forecast for the rest of the week by the National Weather Service, school officials also decided yesterday that schools would open two hours late Thursday and Friday.

"It's a pedestrian issue now," Jane Doyle, a spokeswoman for the school system, said yesterday. "We have 20,000 walkers who have to walk one-quarter to one-half mile to school. The problem is there's nowhere for them to walk, because the snow that was plowed off the roads is up on the sidewalks."

She said school officials also were concerned that bus stops were piled high with snow, leaving no place for children to safely await their rides.

Schools were closed Monday and yesterday primarily because school parking lots and sidewalks had not been plowed and were not safe, Ms. Doyle said.

Despite the school closing today, the Board of Education meeting was still scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., she said.

Snow considerations also prompted Anne Arundel Community College to open at noon yesterday, but classes were to start on time today.

A college fair was still scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the Jenkins Gymnasium.

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