Some students in area, including Kanawha, set to return to school
After missing 10 consecutive days of school, Kanawha County students are set to class on Thursday - but not for a full day.
Kanawha was among several counties where officials said students would come to school on a 2-hour delay on Thursday.
Schools in 46 counties were closed on Thursday, with the remaining nine on two-hour delays. According to the West Virginia Department of Education's website, counties where all public schools were closed included Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tyler, Tucker, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming. Some county schools were also closed in Cabell and Mineral counties.
Many counties that closed or delayed schools on Thursday cited temperature-related concerns. The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for dozens of counties on Wednesday night, predicting that it might feel as cold as 15 degrees below zero.
But temperatures were still expected to be warmer than Tuesday night, when Charleston dipped to 1 degree above zero and many parts of the state saw subzero temperatures.
Since Kanawha County students returned from a nine-day holiday break on Jan. 2, they have only attended school for two and a half days, because of the water crisis, snow, near-zero temperatures and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Other school districts affected by the water crisis, including Putnam, Boone and Lincoln counties, have also been forced to cancel a large amount of class time over the past month.
School closings are updated at wvde.state.wv.us/closings and at wvgazette.com.