The Wake County school system is standing behind the decision to delay the start of school by three hours this morning.
Wake, lost most area school districts, has found itself facing some second-guessing because the roads were free of ice this morning. Despite the National Weather Service issuing a freezing-rain advisory, temperatures stayed at or above freezing during the night and rose with the sun.
“The bottom line is that safety is our top issue,” said Mike Charbonneau, a Wake County schools’ spokesman. “Every time we have a weather situation, we’re closely monitoring it.”
Charbonneau said the predictions for freezing rain falling between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., when most of the buses are on the road, was a major concern.
Also like most districts, Wake made the call Sunday night instead of waiting until this morning so that families could begin making arrangements for the delay. Wake sent out the news around 9:15 p.m.
"We certainly don't want to make a decision hastily," Charbonneau said. "But we did want to make that call early enough for our families to make plans."
The three-hour delay meant most high schools and middle schools started around 10:30 a.m. and most elementary school started at 12:15 p.m.