Columbus State closed; Classes at Ohio State resume at 11 a.m. Thursday

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All Columbus State locations will be closed on Thursday due to continued extreme cold weather conditions, officials announced today.

The Ohio State University Columbus campus will reopen on Thursday, one day after it was closed for the first time in five years.

Campus is scheduled to open at 7:00 a.m., with classes resuming at 11:00 a.m. All classes prior to 11 a.m., are cancelled.

On Wednesday, many students, faculty and staff heeded the advice to stay indoors, as bitterly cold temperatures blanketed the region.

Essential employees were still expected to report to work, and that included the university’s paratransit bus drivers who spent the day on campus offering rides to those they saw walking outside.

“It’s just a nice way to help people,” said Don Borton, the driver of one of the 13 paratransit buses that was operating. “It’s a very practical way for the university to show that they care about the students, staff and faculty on campus.”

Several students took advantage of the free rides, offered by Borton and his colleagues.

“I’m just happy that he helped me out and helped everyone else out too,” said Brett Saunders, a first-year student.

Borton said the paratransit bus drivers will likely offer rides to those in the cold again, before classes resume on Thursday.

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