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Chesterfield Parents Upset Over Schools Not Closing for Snow on Monday

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After Henrico and Richmond closed schools Monday due to snow, many Chesterfield parents are upset the county school system did not cancel classes, saying the roads weren't safe enough. After Henrico and Richmond closed schools Monday due to snow, many Chesterfield parents are upset the county school system did not cancel classes, saying the roads weren't safe enough.
CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - After Henrico and Richmond closed schools Monday due to snow, many Chesterfield parents are upset the county school system did not cancel classes, saying the roads weren't safe enough.

 "Got my son out of school," says parent Cheryl Nici-O'Connell. "A lot of parents kept their kids home."

Anna Rosemond kept her elementary daughter home fearing some of the side roads the busses had to take weren't dry enough.

"I don't feel they made the right decision," she says. "I feel that student safety is most important especially when there is a lot of high school kids out there driving."

There was a serious crash right outside Clover Hill High School though it's not clear a student was involved. However, it still worried parents.

A spokesperson from Chesterfield Schools says the students arrived safely and that "Our decisions are made in consultation with local and state police and the Virginia Department of Transportation. We have announced that all after-school activities are canceled. The safety and security of our students and staff will continue to be at the forefront when making difficult decisions."

Another concern parents had is the attendance policy because if they did keep their child home it counts against attendance and that could lead to some problems down the road.

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