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Too Cold for School? Who Decides?

The Midwest is freezing right now and it’s only going to get worse. Last night, I watched as the news began posting school closings. We had no bad weather like snow or ice, but those schools determined it was too cold to risk having children walking or waiting at bus stops.

Several schools in our immediate vicinity were on that list, but the one my grandkids attend was not. We watched and waited, thinking it would surely be added soon. This morning we woke up to about 5 degrees and a wind chill of nearly 15 below zero. There was still nothing about our school closing, so my son bundled them up and took them to the bus stop.

I saw a discussion on Facebook about school closings. Some were griping that theirs had closed and some were griping that theirs hadn’t. Some who went to the open schools had just refused to send their kids because of the cold. If a parent just doesn’t send a child to school they will usually get an unexcused absence that goes on their record.

Back when my kids were in school, there were times when the roads were really bad that I chose not to send them on a school bus. If I thought it was safe, I drove them the mile or so to school. If I didn’t feel safe driving on the roads, they just stayed home. Who should really decide if it is too cold or too nasty with snow and ice for the kids to be out to go to school?

Personally, I think that should be a parent’s decision, but now-a-days it seems to be the schools decision and the parent just has to deal with it or face the consequences of an unexcused absence for their child. It’s supposed to be even colder tonight and tomorrow. I wonder what the school will decide.

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Donna_Thacker wrote on January 7, 2015, 11:17 AM

Absolutely! If my grand kids had to walk or stand out in it, they would not have went. They just had to hurry to the driveway to a nice warm car and then to the bus stop where they wait in the car until the bus pulls up.

BigDreamer wrote on January 7, 2015, 11:23 AM

Here in the south we are not as prepared for extreme cold.
We are getting hit with very cold weather tomorrow with wind chills to be around 10 degrees.
The school board announced no closure yet, but will be monitoring.
I know this is not as cold as those up north, but down here, we are so unprepared for this kind of weather. Children just don't have the proper clothes to keep warm while waiting for the bus.
I hope they keep that in mind.

Donna_Thacker wrote on January 7, 2015, 12:38 PM

I totally understand that. Even here, we are not really used to such extremely low temperatures and wind chills. A lot of children in poorer areas do not have the right clothing here either. I hope all schools take that into consideration.

peachpurple wrote on January 7, 2015, 12:45 PM

i think the school should close for a week until the weather turns out better, otherwise kids will fall sick too

buzymommy wrote on February 19, 2015, 10:54 PM

I guess it's the super-intendent (however you spell that) and other school officials. There was a big hub-bub around here this winter when ALL schools closed except one district. He defended his decision saying it wasn't below the -25 wind chill or whatever the standard was.

Personally I think most these schools closing are wimps. I'm over it. When we were kids we bundled up and never thought twice about cold days! We barely even had snow days! If parents think it's too cold for the bus, they should drive their kid that one day, or arrange alternate transportation, or keep them home if they really want. They shouldn't be dinged as an unexcused absence though, that part stinks.