Danville Public Schools to reopen tomorrow

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DANVILLE (WSLS 10) - Driving around Danville, you may think that the roads are clear enough to make them safe for students to be out and about on, but several streets are hilly and narrow to the point where even a small amount of snow or ice makes driving unsafe, and that is what Superintendent Stanley Jones is concerned about.

"We don't ever want to put one student at risk," emphasized Danville Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Stanley Jones.

Dr. Jones says school district employees drive around multiple times a day to check on the road conditions and if there are any trouble spots they notify the public works department.

"There's some streets that they've given us today that they feel are a little narrow where the berm was and could possibly ice up overnight," Rick Drazenovich, Danville Public Works Director, said.

Drazenovich says his employees are responding as fast as they can, but there's only so much they can do in one day.

"The streets are just beginning to get into good, travelable condition on all of the back roads," Drazenovich pointed out.

Refreezing is the biggest challenge now. The sun may melt the snow during the day and get the road clear, but overnight the melted snow freezes into ice and makes the roads dangerous to drive on, especially the hillier streets.

"We do have some areas that are hilly, where there's very little sun, where the roads are narrow, and it can take that for us to close," Dr. Jones said.

After inspecting the roads Wednesday afternoon though, the school district decided that school will start on a two hour delay Thursday.

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