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School closings cause myriad of schedule changes

Gwinnett County Public Schools will remain closed on Friday. A pile of shoveled snow piles high outside Central Gwinnett in Lawrenceville Thursday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

Gwinnett County Public Schools will remain closed on Friday. A pile of shoveled snow piles high outside Central Gwinnett in Lawrenceville Thursday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

Gwinnett County Public Schools will remain closed on Friday for the fourth straight day this week because of the winter storm.

District spokeswoman Sloan Roach said there are concerns about safety on secondary roads and neighborhood streets that could re-freeze overnight.

The seven days are the most the district has missed since at least 1990, Roach said. The four days missed in a row are the most since the five straight days missed because of the January storm that hit during the 2010-11 school year.

Buford City Schools will also be closed on Friday, but employees should report at 9 a.m.

Because of the school closings, many events have been rescheduled and are pending makeup dates.

In a message that will likely be echoed throughout the district, Lanier Middle administrators wrote to parents and guardians that there would be some adjustments to testing, grading and planning once school resumes.

Because extra-curricular events cannot be played on a school day when school is not in session, region basketball tournaments originally scheduled for Tuesday were postponed again after they were moved to Friday.

Lanier High and Buford High were scheduled to host games on Saturday, while all other Gwinnett teams involved in region tournaments were moved to Monday.

Greater Atlanta Christian and Wesleyan were among the teams waiting for decisions involving teams from other counties that hadn’t announced if they would be open on Friday.

For the first time in nine years, the traditional state high school wrestling tournament will likely be held at various locations across the state. The Georgia High School Association announced on Wednesday that this weekend’s state tournament at the Gwinnett Arena will be postponed to Feb. 21-22.

The GCPS makeup dates for school days missed this week have not been announced. The makeup dates for the schools being closed earlier this school year are Monday, March 14 and May 22.

Three makeup dates were built into this year’s school calendar.

Because of previous closings, the school year that was originally planned to end on May 21 will now go until May 22.

Buford City Schools will have makeup dates on Monday, Tuesday, and March 14.