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Safety key in Horry County Schools' decision to cancel class

HORRY COUNTY , SC (WMBF) - Making the choice to cancel or delay schools isn't an easy one for Horry County School leaders.

On Wednesday, Horry County Schools will be closed due to the inclement weather, but early Tuesday is when officials started to get concerned about the weather. 

The Horry County School District's Transportation Director, Jim Wright, and his team of about three to four people went out at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday to check the road conditions. 

Wright said this time around, monitoring areas like Aynor, Galivant's Ferry, and Nichols was a top priority. "A lot of the kids live on the back road areas, and we try to look at all the little bridges we possibly can, especially if we have a road we have had a problem with in the past we will add that to the list."

Wright said he and his team traveled about 165 miles through the county to check the road surfaces early Tuesday morning. 

The focus was less on areas toward the beach and Highway 501, but dirt roads and bridges where slick elements could form. 

Throughout Tuesday, the transportation team kept an eye on the National Weather Service and local forecasts before they made the final choice to cancel school. Once the team makes their recommendations, they send it off to the school superintendent to give the final call. 

More than 40,000 Horry County school students will remain home on Wednesday. 

"We want to make sure our kids get to and from school safely, period. That's what the job is," explained Wright.

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