The snow days for Triangle public schools have come to an end.
Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston and Chatham counties, as well as Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools, announced Wednesday that students will return to class Thursday.
School was out for three days, after the season’s first winter storm coated the region in ice and snow.
In Wake, schools spokesman Matt Dees said snow melted nicely Wednesday in the system’s parking lots and streets, so school would operate on normal schedules Thursday.
In Orange, staff also worked Wednesday to clear parking lots of slush.
Warmer temperatures Wednesday cleared away much of the snow and ice, which should disappear altogether as temperatures rise into the 60s Thursday and to near 70 on Friday.
But it’s still winter, and that spike in temperatures will be temporary. Friday night will see lows fall to near 40 degrees, and temperatures Saturday won’t rise much, with highs in the mid 40s. Temperatures will rebound again Sunday, with a high near 56 and highs in the 50s and low 60s next week.
The snow days have come at a bad time for high school students who had planned to be in class reviewing material before final exams start next week. Some high schools are sticking with their planned exam schedule, while others are making changes because of the lost time.
Schools are under a tight time frame to get the exams in before the semester ends in two weeks. Exams administered by the state have to be given within a limited window.
Wake school officials said Wednesday there won’t be a districtwide change in the exam schedule. There’s no precedent for a change, and making changes now could create new challenges, they said. Students will be notified if schools “make minor tweaks” to their testing schedule.
Staff writer T. Keung Hui contributed to this report.
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