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2-Hour Delay for Students on Thursday, Jan. 31

posted Jan 30, 2019, 3:28 PM by Denise Mitchell

Team Chesterfield parents and staff members,

The safety and well-being of our students continues to be a top priority in our decision making.

Temperatures and/or wind chill factors below 0 degrees typically are a rare occurrence in the Richmond-metro area. The Arctic air currently impacting most of the country has been referred to as a once-in-a-generation occurrence. Locally, weather forecasts for tomorrow morning indicate that dangerously low wind chill factors will be at or below 0 degrees.

In order to avoid having students stand outside at a bus stop for an extended period of time during such adverse temperatures, Chesterfield County Public Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students on Thursday, Jan. 31. Team Chesterfield staff members should report on time.

We are making this decision now in order to provide parents with necessary time to make plans for Thursday morning. In addition to being a safety precaution for our students, the two-hour delay for students will allow our Operations Team the opportunity to make sure school buses start (diesel engines and starters don’t always fare well in below 0 temperatures) and their doors open, dispatch mechanics to work on buses if necessary and to check that school buildings (heating systems) are working as expected.

Parents, please use this opportunity to remind students of the importance of dressing warmly tomorrow in the event that they must wait longer than desired at the bus stop.

Again, we appreciate your patience and continued support as we look out for the best interests of our students.

Stay warm!


Tim Bullis
Executive Director, Communications and Community Engagement
Chesterfield County Public Schools