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Rain causes early dismissal of Early County schools

BLAKELY, Ga. — Weather-related issues forced school officials in Early County to release students ahead of schedule on Monday.

A message posted on the Early County Schools’ website said that poor road conditions led Supt. Thomas Challender to make the call to release students early at 1 p.m.

“Due to Poor Road Conditions Schools are dismissing at 1 p.m. today (Monday). Buses will load in the following order: Elementary school, Middle school, and High school,” the message read.

Rain had been falling across the Deep South for hours, triggering a flash flood warning from the National Weather Service.

“Many of our roads are dirt and if a bus gets on the side of the road it could easily wind up into a ditch,” Challendar said. “Even then those clay roads get slippery and we decided it was not worth the risk. The early dismissal will give our (bus) drivers time to get the children safely home.”

Despite the expectations of rain for today and Wednesday, Challender said Early schools will be on a full-day schedule.

“We consulted with the weather people (Monday afternoon) and were told to expect an inch of rain Tuesday,” Challender said. “Much of the water we had today is expected to run off and we decided to have a full school day.”

Worth County, which also has an extensive network of dirt roads, did not have an early dismissal Monday, but schools spokesperson Heather Greene said that the situation could change today or tomorrow depending on the weather.