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Parents Help Clear Snow Around Schools -- Even With More Snow On The Way

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Several northern Virginia school districts leaned on parents and students for help clearing sidewalks around schools.
Jonathan Wilson
Several northern Virginia school districts leaned on parents and students for help clearing sidewalks around schools.

By Jonathan Wilson

As many public schools prepare to open tomorrow for the first time in more than a week, principals in Northern Virginia recruited trail-blazers to help clear snow from sidewalks.

One elementary school in Alexandria had volunteers out in full force. About two dozen parents, some with children in tow, showed up this morning outside Mount Vernon Elementary, ready to carve paths through the snow and ice.

Nick Greiner says digging out after the storm has left his body feeling like it did after high school football practice.

"We've been shoveling all week, and we're going to continue shoveling for the foreseeable future," he says. "Get a shovel, get some Ibuprofen, and get going!"

Thom Downing doesn't even have kids at this school, but was one of the first volunteers to get to work.

"I can imagine if I was a parent, I'd want to get my kids back into school, so I came out to lend a hand," he says.

Mount Vernon Principal Scott Coleman was pleased with the turnout, but as far as the thought of more snow headed our way...

"I'm in denial right now; I'm just not going to think about it," he says. "But of course, just like anything else, you have to prepare for it."

Despite concerted efforts like the one at Mount Vernon, Alexandria's superintendent decided to cancel classes for Tuesday once the snow started this afternoon.

Fairfax and Arlington public schools plan on opening two hours later than usual and Loudoun is expecting a one-hour delay.

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