Schools Open Despite Cold Weather

By: Shannon Smith Email
By: Shannon Smith Email

STATELINE (WIFR) -- It is an answer to a question many of you have asked on our Facebook page: Why was school in session on one of the coldest days in years? 23 News reporter Shannon Smith found out how area school districts make that call.

Jennifer Hardy normally drives her son and daughter to their bus stops, but because of the freezing temperatures, her car didn't start. So her kids had to walk. Hardy says she was tempted to keep them home.

"If I don't even want to take the dog out, then I don't really want my kids walking in the cold," said Hardy.

However, she sent them anyway, so they wouldn't fall behind with their work.

"They have missed some school due to being ill so that already pushed them further out from where they needed to be and they were already trying to catch up in their grades."

Hardy says she shouldn't have had to make that choice. She says school should've been closed. School leaders say all area superintendents work together to decide whether or not they should cancel school. Although they consider cold weather, Earl Dotson with District 205 says wind chills also play a role and the wind chill didn't meet their cancellation criteria.

In a statement Dotson says "Our top priority is to keep our students safe. We monitor conditions overnight to ensure conditions are okay for travel each morning. We use National Weather Service as our guide and each school closing is made on a case by case basis."

Dotson also says each district works with transportation directors to make sure buses are warm enough for students.

We asked administrators at District 205 what the wind chill needs to be for school to be cancelled. We're told there's no specific number. They just say they use a variety of factors.

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