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Winter weather preps: How schools decide cancellations

Posted at 5:16 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 09:53:46-05

How cold is too cold for school?

Area districts tell 2 Works for You that being "cold" isn't necessarily enough to cancel for the day.

They consider several factors, and overall safety is key.

“We always take the safety and security of our students as the top priority and if conditions are not good for our buses to roll in the morning or afternoon then that's a situation where we would consider canceling school,” says Rob Loeber, the director of communications for Jenks Public Schools.

Both Broken Arrow and Tulsa have similar policies to Jenks.

Districts say they will let parents know about cancellations as far in advance as possible.

"It's a decision made by several people around the district with input from you know our director of transportation, our superintendent, some of our facilities operations people as to what the best course of action is," says Loeber.

Tulsa, Broken Arrow, and Jenks all say they anticipate having school Tuesday regardless of the low temperatures.

The Oklahoma Department of Health has a chart of weather guidelines for children which factors the wind-chill.

On a day like today with single-digit wind speeds and temperature high of around 34, the chart condition is in red meaning it is dangerous for kids to be outside for a long period or time and could pose a health risk.

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