Nearly a dozen school districts in Michigan have decided to cancel classes for the rest of the week.
It has nothing to do with the weather. School leaders say rumors about the end of the world and potential threats of violence are partially behind the cancelations.
The Lapeer Community Schools district will be closed Thursday and Friday. Leaders in that district say there is no credible threat to students, just rumors, but the rumors have caused major distractions in the classroom.
The following Lapeer County schools and school districts will be closed Thursday and Friday:
-- Chartfield Academy
-- Dryden Community Schools
-- Imlay City Schools
-- Lapeer Community Schools
-- North Branch Area Schools
The following Genesee County school districts will be closed Thursday and Friday:
-- Genesee Intermediate School District
-- Goodrich Area Schools
-- Lake Fenton Community Schools
-- Linden Community Schools
Marlette School District, in Sanilac County, also will be closed Thursday and Friday.
Classes will resume after winter break, which means students in Lapeer County will not be back in school until Jan. 7.