01 - 29 - 2014 Centre Co. school districts differ on weather delays & closings
[CDT] - The head of the State College Area School district's transportation understands if some parents were scratching their heads yesterday morning, when both his & Bellefonte's district were running on 2-hour delays, while Penns Valley opened on time, and Bald Eagle Area and Philipsburg-Osceola were closed. On those winter-weather days, school officials are up early checking forecast websites and getting together for a conference call just after 5 a.m. to compare notes. If thereâs snow or ice, they reach out to county and municipal emergency crews while PennDOT roads data are consulted. Ice & snow, along with wind chill are factors in the decision process. Penns Valley school district made the call to open on time because there was less wind in Penns Valley than in some other places.