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Beaufort County students brave the cold weather

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

After a bumpy start to the school day Tuesday morning, Beaufort County students managed to stay warm and out of the cold.

Two of the biggest things the school district is doing to protect students is keeping the heat on throughout the night in all of the school buildings and starting all of the buses a little earlier to avoid any breakdowns.

"It was very cold and I did not want to get up," said third grader Ashleigh Rodriguez.

She and many other students were not looking forward to stepping out in the cold Tuesday, but when they arrived to Coosa Elementary School, they got an unexpected surprise.  

"The sprinkler system had gone off and there were some really beautiful icicles in the memorial reflection garden area so a lot of the students had never seen icicles before and they were just absolutely amazed by them," said principal Carmen Dillard.  

The staff also put salt on the ground and orange cones to caution parents and students. In preparation for the cold, the Beaufort County School District is running the heater throughout the night in all of its schools. But some students like Michael Dennison still didn't want to part with their jackets inside.

"It feels good to have it on, I felt like I was out in the cold, I was practically freezing in my bed," said Dennison.

Only a handful of the district's 149 school buses broke down Tuesday because of the cold weather. To minimize any malfunctions, the district is starting them about half an hour earlier. But then there were some things the district couldn't control.

"We had a few parents come to school two hours late this morning, it turns out they had been looking at the school district website in Beaufort, North Carolina which is spelled the same way but it's not the same thing," said Jim Foster, Beaufort County School District.  

The Jasper County School District's Student Services Department is also keeping coats on hand to give out to students if they need one. Most of the school districts in the Lowcounry will start at their usual time tomorrow.

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