PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Many area school districts are letting out schools early in advance of Monday afternoon’s inclement winter weather, including  all School District of Philadelphia schools and Philadelphia Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools.

The Philadelphia School District announced schools will dismiss students at 1 p.m.

All after-school activities, including all athletic programs and professional development sessions scheduled for Monday have also been canceled.

In addition, all District early childhood centers will also be closed early.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS/EARLY DISMISSALS

All Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will also be dismissing students at 1 p.m.

In Upper Darby, the school district made the decision Sunday night that it would be safer to dismiss students early and get them home just before the freezing rain hits the area.

Often times, freezing rain can be more dangerous than falling snow.

“That is the best thing they could do,” said one parent.

Monday Evening’s Wintry Mix Has Potential For Slippery Ride Home

The Upper Darby School District decided it would be best for school buses not to be on the roadway and students not to be trying to head home in the expected icy conditions.

To make sure all students can make it home before the wintry mix hits the region, all Upper Darby schools have already dismissed all their students.

The high school and Beverly Hills Middle School were dismissed around 11 a.m., and Drexel Hill Middle School was dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Bywood Elementary and all the other elementary schools also sent their students home.

Most students are excited to have the half-day and parents seem equally happy that their children will be home safe.

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