BERKS COUNTY, Pa. — Most of Berks County's 18 school districts opted not to take any chances with the weather Wednesday.

The Antietam, Boyertown, Brandywine Heights, Daniel Boone, Exeter, Fleetwood, Governor Mifflin, Hamburg, Kutztown, Muhlenberg, Oley, Schuylkill Valley, Tulpehocken, Twin Valley, Wilson, and Wyomissing school districts sent their students home early.

The Reading School District implemented remote learning for all of its students on Wednesday.

"I've seen snow days. I've seen other types of days, but rain days?" questioned Antietam Middle Senior High School student Ryan Hernandez. "I trust what they have to say, and I trust their decision to get us out early."

Some schools said they were concerned about student transportation as the day went on and the rain continued; others worried about the imminent likelihood of flooding.

"I thought it was a little crazy," said Cory Pannebecker, a Mifflin Park parent, "and I'm worried for this winter, if they're making cancellations for rain."

Early school dismissal

While schools are often still on summer break when tropical weather threatens our area with a severe impact, the decision to cancel classes has been made before.

Still, the move left many parents scrambling to make adjustments.

"'I'm OK with it just because I was available to pick up my kids," said Evan Duswalt, an Antietam parent. "I see the frustration that other parents would have. You know, they're at work right now, so how exactly are they supposed to pick up their kids?"

  • Antietam closed all of its schools at noon.
  • Boyertown dismissed its middle school students at 11:30 a.m., its high school students at 11:45 a.m., and its elementary, pre-K counts, and a.m. kindergarten students at 12:30 p.m.
  • Brandywine Heights dismissed its high school students at 12:45 p.m. and its middle school students at 1 p.m. The intermediate school students were sent home at 1:55 p.m. and elementary school students at 2 p.m.
  • Daniel Boone dismissed its middle and high school students at 1 p.m.; primary and intermediate school students were sent home at 1:45 p.m.
  • Exeter closed its junior and senior high schools at 11:30 a.m.; Reiffton dismissed its students at 12:15 p.m. All students in grades K-4 were dismissed at 1 p.m.
  • Fleetwood closed the high school at noon and the middle school at 12:30 p.m. The elementary schools closed at 1:30 p.m.
  • Governor Mifflin dismissed its students in grades 7-12 at 11 a.m. and students in grades K-6 at 11:45 a.m. Pre-K students were sent home at 12:45 p.m. The high school closed for all activities at 1 p.m.
  • Hamburg sent its students in grades 6-12 home at 11:30 a.m.; elementary school students were dismissed at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kutztown closed its middle and high schools at 12:15 p.m. The elementary schools dismissed their students at 1:15 p.m.
  • Muhlenberg dismissed its students in grades 7-12 at 12:30 p.m.; K-6 students were sent home at 1:30 p.m.
  • Oley dismissed its middle school students at noon and high school students at 12:15 p.m. Parent pickup at the elementary school was set for 1:15 p.m.; school buses pickup was at 1:30.
  • Reading went with remote learning for its students on Wednesday.
  • Schuylkill Valley dismissed its middle and high school students at 1 p.m.; the elementary school students were dismissed at 2 p.m. All afternoon and evening activities were canceled.
  • Tulpehocken dismissed its junior/senior high school students at 11:15 a.m.; elementary schools closed at noon.
  • Twin Valley closed its high school at 12:30 p.m. It dismissed its middle school students at 1:15 p.m. and its grades K-4 students at 2 p.m.
  • Wilson dismissed its secondary school students at 10:45 a.m. and elementary school students at 11:45 a.m. Wilson Preschool at Berkshire Heights closed at 12:45 p.m., and there was no after-school child care.
  • Wyomissing sent its junior-senior high school students home at 11 a.m. The West Reading Elementary Center dismissed at 11:30 a.m.; and the Wyomissing Hills Elementary Center dismissed at noon.
  • The Upper Perkiomen School District, which includes Hereford Township in Berks County, dismissed its students one hour earlier than normal.
  • Also, Berks Catholic High School in Reading closed at 11:15 a.m., and the Berks Career and Technology Center canceled its afternoon and evening classes.

Hurricane Ida's remnants are expected to include several inches of rain and the potential for flash flooding in Berks County. The core of what's left of Ida will pass through much of the area from around sunset Wednesday to a little past midnight, with the storm done by Thursday morning.

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