Public schools in the Anniston, Calhoun County, Jacksonville, Oxford and Piedmont districts all will open two hours later than normal Monday through Wednesday, according to Mike Fincher, director of safety and security for Calhoun County Schools. Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School and the Donoho School also will start two hours later those days, Fincher said.
Cleburne County Schools also will observe a two-hour delay, according to Claire Dryden, the system’s superintendent.
Monday’s high temperature is expected to be about 33 degrees, according to National Weather Service forecasts, with overnight lows dropping into the mid-teens. Temperatures are expected to rise on Tuesday only into the upper 20s, according to Mark Rose, a meteorologist with the weather service’s office in Calera.
Fincher said leaders of Calhoun County’s public schools decided on the later start to avoid having students wait outside for buses in the subfreezing temperatures of early morning.
“We just don’t see this type of cold temperatures that often,” Fincher said.
Buses will run two hours later than their normal schedules, he said. The later start also will allow officials time to heat school buildings and deal with any frozen water pipes or other problems caused by the cold, he said.
“This will allow us to ensure that campuses are ready to receive students,” Fincher said.
Most local schools will welcome students back from holiday break on Monday. Calhoun County Schools and Donoho students are scheduled to return to class Tuesday; teachers are set to return to those schools Monday, and should also observe the two-hour delay, Fincher said.
Rose said a shot of cold air will move into the region tonight, with lows around 20 degrees and highs on Friday in the mid 30s. The weekend will see temperatures mostly above freezing, with some rain expected Saturday and Sunday, followed by a second shot of cold air on Monday.
“The good news is this is not going to necessarily last a long time,” Rose said. “It’s not like we’re going to be in a deep freeze for an extended period of time.”
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Staff Writer Laura Camper contributed reporting.