WAYCROSS, Ga. -- Ware County schools will be back open on Thursday, but on a 2-hour delay.
Superintendent Mark Mooneyhan closed schools on Wednesday due to the incoming wintry weather, saying the district had no other option.
"We have 78 buses in our fleet, so we transport a lot of students each day. We have over 700 staff members and I just could not jeopardize putting them out on the roads in icy and hazardous weather conditions," said Mooneyhan.
Waycross teens are buzzing about Wednesday's school closing, but not all students are happy to spend a day at home.
"I was a little upset because I play sports and all of our practices got cancelled. I'm just worried because people around here in South Georgia really don't know how to drive in this kind of weather so we're not used to it," said Blaine Harper.
In addition to school being closed Wednesday, students will also have to miss all planned extracurricular and sports activities.
"Black ice is not a thing to play with, some of our students get up at 6 a.m. to catch the buses to get to school. In those types of conditions, I just felt like the safety of our students and our staff is more important than coming to school," said Mooneyhan.
The school system has four inclement weather days built into the school calendar, so they may not have to add a day of school to make up for Wednesday.