Anne Arundel County criticized for not delaying school amid freezing rain conditions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools wishes things were done differently following the decision not to delay the opening on Friday. 

The ice started coming down around 6 a.m. south of the city.  The school system decides what to do by 4:45 a.m.  At that point, older students were on the move and younger kids were starting out on an icy path.  Hundreds of parents were hot. 

"They were more worried about the rerouting of buses and high school than they were about middle school, elementary," said Ritu Adams, a parent of a second grader at High Point Elementary School.    

A letter from the school system was emailed around 8:45 explaining what happened this morning and that kids who stayed home would have an excused absence.  But it came too late for parents to change their minds.

"I think we all wish we had made a different decision today," said Bob Mosier, Anne Arundel Co. Public Schools spokesman.  "It's a pretty complicated web of bus transportation and moving students around and to just stop it right in the middle like that, there's no clean place to stop it," he said. 

Mosier said there is conversation about how the school system can be more flexible in the future.      

A mom with a daughter at Crofton Middle School said her daughter feel when she was leaving the house.  She has a mild concussion. 

This story and many others are why the school system is addressing changes. 


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