Students in Athens City, McMinn County Schools enjoy first snow day of the year
Cold temperatures impacted classes for several schools across the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia Tuesday.
Students in McMinn County and Athens City Schools had the day off.
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For brothers Cruz and Ace Cagle, they spent the day sledding in Athens.
They weren't the only ones enjoying the day off.
Lee Parkinson, director of schools for McMinn County, said they canceled classes as well.
"We went straight from Summer to Winter just bam," Parkinson said.
He said the school system allocates 13 snow days a year.
"This is the earliest I ever remember having a snow day, usually they are January or February," Parkinson said. "We've had some in December before but the most I remember January, February."
He said the school system wasn't going to take any chances after checking the conditions of the roads on Tuesday morning.
"We did not do a two-hour delay because of the freezing temperatures coming on right behind this and I would rather just not have buses on the road in the morning time, anytime after this," Parkinson said.
He said they have several parents complain about not receiving notifications.
If you did not receive a message from the school, Parkinson said parents should contact the school administration to update their contact information.
As for Wednesday, Parkinson expects students to return to class as normal.