Why schools in Northeast Ohio decided not to close Wednesday

BEACHWOOD, Ohio - The latest round of winter weather dumped snow on communities across northeast Ohio. But this time around, that did not mean a day off for all school students.

A number of districts closed for the day, but many did not. "At 4:30 this morning, things were fine," said Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools Superintendent Nylajean McDaniel.

Clare Averill is the mother of two.

"Our second grader is a walker, that was easy, it's less than a block. But, driving to preschool was definitely not fun," said Averill

"I thought they would be closed. Side streets were kind of bad this morning, it was slow going," said Heidi Feuerman, a Beachwood parent.

In Lorain County, nearly all the schools were closed. Avon Lake, however, was open. Avon Lake City School District Superintendent Bob Scott, said, "At 6:30 this morning things looked good."

Scott said they weren't expecting the snow that started at around 8 this morning. "In hindsight, I would have made a different decision," said Scott.

The number-one factor in whether to cancel school, administrators said, is safety.

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