Columbia Public Schools explains why school was still in session today

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COLUMBIA - Many Columbia parents and students woke up Thursday to see CPS had not canceled school. 

Late Wednesday night, snow began to accumulate. By Thursday morning, there was one to two inches on the ground in Columbia.

MoDOT said it started working on the roads around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Most major roads around the city were clear by Thursday morning before school began.

Many residential roads were still covered in snow, but there was no considerable ice buildup on the ground.

One viewer, Bruce Beatty, emailed KOMU 8 with questions about why school was still in session.

Beatty said, "Shouldn't the schools have been closed? Past conditions and reactions after school suggest that they should be. It will be a repeat of before Christmas break." 

Columbia Public Schools said there was no reason to cancel class today, and students were able to get to school safely. 

Michelle Baumstark, CPS Community Relations Director, told KOMU that CPS watched the weather very closely before making their decision. 

"The snow that came down was minimal and there's no white ice under the snow so it does make it manageable and passable. We felt like it was a strong possibility early on this morning and that we coud have school today. Of course we did, we had very few busses that were runnning behind today and everyone made it to school safely." Baumstark said

Most after school avitivies are still going on as normal this evening. 

Baumstark also told KOMU 8 the district will continue to track weather for tomorrow.