Alachua County Schools cancels classes Wednesday and Thursday due to cold


The winter break will continue a little longer for Alachua County students. The school district canceled classes on Wednesday and Thursday because of cold weather, while other districts chose to remain open.

Alachua County cited the latest National Weather Service advisory, which issued a wind chill advisory from 1 a.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday. The coldest wind chills are expected around 7 a.m. Thursday. There's also a winter weather advisory from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

A brief period of rain is expected early Wednesday morning, that could result in slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges. The cold wind chills can also cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

The advisory is for Alachua, Clay and Bradford counties.

The district says schools will reopen Friday. Makeup days have been tentatively scheduled for June 4 and 5.



The Marion County School District announced its schools will open on-time Wednesday. Officials say they are heating classrooms tonight and starting buses early Wednesday. They encourage parents to dress their students appropriately, especially if the child must wait at the bus stop.

If parents do keep children home for weather-related reasons it will be counted as an excused absence.

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