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Storm Causes Early Release for Reno, Sparks Schools

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Thousands of Washoe County school kids in Reno and Sparks were sent home early Tuesday because of snow and icy streets. The storm arrived about 7:30 am-- after the kids were already in school, but as temperatures dropped and the snow increased, Washoe County school officials decided to let students in Reno and Sparks go home early. WCSD Emergency Manager Tracy Moore says students were released an hour early. "It's to allow us to get those kids back home when there's still daylight, which gives you a little increase in the temperature and there's less traveling vehicles on the roads because we're not going to hit that commuter traffic," said Moore.

The one hour early release affected Washoe County school students in Reno and Sparks but not at Incline schools at Lake Tahoe. In addition to ending the school day early, buses were told to drop students off at winter bus stops to increase safety on the roads. "That allows the buses to use the primary travel routes instead of the secondary travel routes," said Moore. "We have a plan in place with the Department of Transportation and local cities to plow the primary routes, that way it's much safer for the buses and we know they won't get stuck in the snow."

The Washoe County School District releases the latest information to local media, so we can keep you up to date on any cancellations or delays. You can also keep this parent hotline number handy: 334-8373.

As of 3pm on Tuesday there were no plans to cancel or delay school for Wednesday, but officials said they'll be monitoring the weather overnight.

Written by Jennifer Burton

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