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January 14, 2011

City, county schools closed Friday

ASHEBORO — Asheboro City Schools and Randolph County Schools announced late Thursday afternoon that school has been canceled for Friday (Jan. 14) - making it a full week students have been out since a winter storm moved through the area overnight Sunday.

Faith Christian School in Ramseur and Fayetteville Street Christian School in Asheboro are also closed today. Level Cross Christian School was to operate on a two-hour delay.

The Randolph County Senior Adults Association's centers are all closed on Friday and RCATS will not have transportation services.

Asheboro teachers can use Friday as an optional teacher workday but should report on a two-hour delay.

City and county schools will also be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was already a scheduled day off.

The N.C. Zoo will be closed for the fifth consecutive day on Friday due to icy conditions inside the park that continue to make visitor walkways treacherous. Zoo employees will report Friday according to normal schedules.

Asheboro City Schools also announced its snow make-up days:

For students, snow make up days for Jan. 10, Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 will be Feb. 21, April 21 and June 10. Asheboro High School exams will be moved to Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 will be a regular instruction day/exam make up day. Second semester will begin Jan. 24th. AHS graduation will be moved from June 9 to June 10 at 7 p.m.

For staff, snow make up days for Jan. 10, Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 will be Feb. 21, April 21 and June 10. April 27, April 28 and April 29 will become Teacher Workdays and June 13 will become a required Teacher Workday.

Jan. 17 will remain a holiday, Jan. 18 remains a Teacher Workday. As previously announced, Jan. 19 is the make up day for the Dec. 16 snow day.

The N.C. Department of Transportation reported late Thursday that sunny, windy conditions in most areas of the state are helping melt ice and dry roads while N.C. Department of Transportation crews continue their work to clear roads of snow and ice. With the exception of mountain counties, where additional snow fell overnight and into this morning, most primary and secondary roads across the state are clear with some icy patches.

NCDOT has budgeted $30 million for snow and ice removal this fiscal year. It has spent $26.2 million as of Jan. 7. If extra money is required, it will be drawn from the general maintenance budget.

Citizens can obtain travel information in several ways. They can call 511, the state’s toll free information line. They can also visit the NCDOT Traveler Information Web Site at www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel

NCDOT also offers travel information on Twitter, where citizens can get travel updates, or tweets, for 16 different routes or regions of the state by signing up at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android, and some newer Blackberry phones.

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