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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County schools. You can email him at

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Spotsy schools now closed; were to reopen today

Last night, during the School Board meeting, everyone expected Spotsylvania County schools to finally reopen – all except Chancellor High – this morning. School officials changed their minds early this morning after a dusting of snow overnight.

So, today’s story, headlined "Shoveling out explanations" has an incorrect update on the number of so-called snow days used and the number of days left to be used before additional make-ups might be needed.

As of this morning, the school division has missed 10.17 days as a result of snow and ice. And, based on the information presented at last night’s meeting by Assistant Superintendent Edlow Barker, the school division can miss another 1.29 days before it will need to take steps to remain in compliance with the state-mandated number of instructional hours for the school year.

Sorry for the error in today’s print edition. We went with the information we had at press time.

And, like you, we’re waiting for more information on the status of Chancellor High. Structural engineers were to be inspecting the building to assess it last night. Superintendent Jerry Hill said during last night’s meeting that there were concerns about the structural integrity of the building related to the weather.