To delay or not delay schools?

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - When school children hear they have a two hour delay from school, almost all are overjoyed with the thought of sleeping in a few extra hours, but for school leaders it's an administrative call they don't take lightly.

Tuesday morning, almost all of our public schools in the WMBF News viewing area were on a two hour delay, except for Horry County Schools.

The decision by Horry County Schools' leaders to go along with school as scheduled did receive some push back from parents.

According to Horry County School spokeswoman Teal Britton, there was some parents who were sharing their disagreement through social media.

Britton said the choice to not have a two hour delay on Tuesday came down after consulting with emergency management leaders and because there was no ice or snow for parents, students, or bus drivers to have to contend with.

Jennifer Cooper has two students who attend Horry County Schools, she admits she wishes there was a two hour delay because it was so cold in the early morning hours. Cooper said it was a challenge to get her children moving in the morning, "I finally got them ready to go. We get to the car, and I had to wait to crank it up."

Britton said even though other school districts decided to have students wait to come into school, it ended up being the right decision for Horry County because the bus routes were normal along with classroom attendance.

The school leaders who did choose to put students on a two hour delay gave reasons such as students living in rural areas, students not having enough winter weather attire, and having a large quantity of students who ride the bus.

As of Wednesday evening Darlington County Schools, Florence One School Districts, Marlboro County Schools, and Marion County Schools are currently on a two hour delay for Wednesday, January 8. Teachers have to report as scheduled to Darlington, Florence and Marlboro counties.

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