Should school close when temperatures are too low?
Right now, the outdoor temperature in Cincinnati is 15 degrees Fahrenheit. With the 15 mph winds, it feels like -2 degree Fahrenheit. Our schools are open today and though my children ride the bus, a lot of kids will be walking to school. I can see the bus stop from my window and I happen to know that two other buses come before the one my kids ride. They won't be standing at the bus stop for very long but the 50 yards or so they have to walk to get there will still be really, really cold.
Sometimes schools close because it is just too cold to justify sending young children outdoors. Today is not one of those days. Wind chills cold be as low as -20 overnight and maybe they'll close schools tomorrow but the daytime temperature is supposed to be higher tomorrow so they probably won't. I'm actually debating whether or not to send my 10 and 7 year olds out this morning and I'm sure a lot of other parents are too. I'm struggling because if few parents send their kids to school today, the teachers won't teach anything. However, if all the other parents bundle their kids up and send them out but I don't, my kids will lose a day of instruction.
Geesh. Why couldn't they have just closed the schools?
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