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How Cold Is Too Cold For School?

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Temperatures outside are getting dangerously cold. On Friday the high is only projected to be -10 and the low is getting to -25. Wind chills could reach as low as -45.

So the question is when is it too cold for students to go to school?

Superintendent  Tammy Lacey says,"We feel this is the safest place for students. Most parents are working. Most of the businesses are open, so most parents are working. So if we close the schools and had students go home, they would be going home to empty homes. That would put a lot of burden on our working parents. We can keep the kids engaged in school and they are warm."

Lacey added that schools have not closed since 1988.

Many people voiced concerned about children getting too cold waiting for the school bus, so we asked Paul Nutter at the National Weather Service for his advice to those trying to get their kids to school.

"If we have wind chills at minus 40, I would be concerned if the kids were out for longer than 10 minutes. Any longer than that is too dangerous for them to be outside. Get a ride to school, stay in as long as possible, get a ride with friends, carpool whatever you have to do," Nutter said.

Lacey said the schools, through their partnership with My Student in Need, were happy to provide cold weather gear to students.

"At the bus stop we encourage our parents to make sure they are properly dressed. Our buses have been pretty good in the last few days about running on time and they know when those bus times are. So if kids are bundled up they will get onto very warm buses," added Lacey.

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