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Students rejoice, parents groan as Wake schools closed ... again

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Parents scrambled to make plans and children rejoiced as Wake County Public Schools and other districts in the area canceled classes once again on Friday.

Friday marked the fourth straight day Wake County closed schools. It was a serious of decisions spurred, in part, by memories of the disastrous day in 2005, when a thin sheet of ice paralyzed the city.

Wake County announced the decision on its popular Twitter account Thursday night.

Durham Public Schools, by comparison, opted for a three-hour delay.

For many children, it was a thrilling, and largely unparalleled, chance to play in the snow that descended on North Carolina Tuesday evening. Kids across the county instantly took to Snapchat to share smiley faces and make plans for another day of no school.

Thousands of parents, though, had a different reaction. Some posted on the WNCN Facebook page that they would be doing "a lot of drinking." Others expressed concern that Wake County would slash into spring break, scheduled for late March and early April. Already, the scheduled Friday off before spring break has disappeared as a make-up day.

And parents with children in year-round schools groaned as the county scheduled school days for two Saturdays, including May 31.

On the Wake County Public School System Facebook page, there was plenty of debate as to whether a full day out was necessary. Some parents felt a delay would have been plenty – many districts in central North Carolina delayed a few hours – while others applauded Wake for taking the safest path.

Several parents tweeted photos of roads in their neighborhoods to Wake schools to thank the system for the decision.

Many parents, too, saw a brighter side with children out for the day. Aimee Beatty Swiger posted on the WNCN Facebook page, "So glad I've had the last few day as with my kiddos. You just don't get time back. I have loved spending time with them. My kids are so awesome & fun!!!"

Others expressed a similar message, saying that while the days off were unexpected, they were still a blessing to be enjoyed.

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