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Caro schools dismiss students early Wednesday

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(02/05/14) - It was a rough ride into school and work for most of us - and as the wind and snow continued to fall, some schools decided to cancel evening activities and send students home early.

Caro Schools dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The superintendent says the back roads are causing major challenges for bus drivers.

The early dismissal isn't a shock to parents who had to take their children to and from school.

"'Cause I drove in and I drove on the roads and I knew that it was getting bad and if it kept blowing, it would get worse," said parent Carmell Pattullo.

Bruce Nelson, the superintendent, says the district made the decision around 12:30 to dismiss early. Parents received an alert that was sent to their phones.

He says the rural roads aren't safe.

"It's a nice beautiful day outside, but wind has blown on the back roads and buses can't make access. The flip side of it is the snow is being able to melt, but the temperatures haven't come up and so at night, the roads freeze over and then we have bad roads. The rest of the roads are all good, but the back roads are not," he said.

Teachers say getting out of school early is having a tremendous impact on their students. They're also concerned about the eight days that they stayed home because of the bad weather.

Shannon Kessler/Teacher

"It kind of throws my children off, the students that I have. They're used to routine and to have all these days off and just leaving early. The little preschoolers don't really understand it as well," said teacher Shannon Kessler.

When class is canceled early, school district leaders make sure that a parent is home before letting a child get on a school bus.

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