State College and Bald Eagle area school districts dismissed students early and canceled after school activities Tuesday as a precaution to freezing rain.
SCASD dismissed middle and high school students at 12:15 p.m., because they began the school day earlier than elementary students and to get student drivers on and off the road as soon as possible. SCASD then dismissed elementary school students at 1 p.m. BAASD dismissed all students at 1 p.m.
Bellefonte and Philipsburg-Osceola area school district students had scheduled days off Tuesday.
The Penns Valley Area School District didn’t have school Tuesday because it was a regularly scheduled vacation day, but all school activities were canceled.
SCASD Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said his main concern was the potential for freezing rain in the afternoon.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines said there would be a freezing drizzle from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m and freezing rain until 8 p.m.
Freezing rain did not start come down until the late afternoon.
“In our weather region the weather systems can change very rapidly, so we obviously are constantly monitoring weather patterns for the safety of our students,” O’Donnell said.
“There are about 7,000 students in our school district, and three of them are mine, so I’m always going to listen to the local weather experts. If we ever make a mistake, it’s going to be the mistake of being too cautious.”