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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County school officials are apologizing for not delaying the start of school because of bad weather.

Mamie J. Perkins, the interim schools superintendent, says in a letter to parents and employees that officials examined weather reports and consulted with other agencies before deciding to start class on time Friday morning.

But freezing rain and cold weather caused traffic problems and sparked complaints from some parents.

Perkins says in the letter that school officials tried to make the correct decision but ultimately erred. She says officials would have made a different decision if they had to do it over again.

She says any students who missed class Friday or came late received an excused absence and will be able to make up any missed work.

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