Cold Temperatures With no School Delay Upsets Some Parents

Dec 9, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The State Journal

Plenty of buses got a late start due to snow this week, but Thursday brought a different story.

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It was 3 degrees in Raleigh county where I live without the windchill factor. I agree the children need to go to school but with a subzero windchill factor school should have been delayed. The weather channel said it was 9 degrees but at my Crab Orchard home it was 3.
That is why I vote. The superintendent needs to be one who can make responsible decisions for our children. It is irresponsible to assume that all children have jackets and all parents can afford to bundle their children up and drive them to the bus stop and wait for the bus in a nice warm vehicle.
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Dec 9, 2010
 
There should have been a 2hr delay, it was so cold, didnt understand why there wasnt. I know they are trying to keep those for when the roads are bad, but these single digit temps. will make the kids sick if they have to stand out and wait for the bus. Then they want to complain cause the kids get sick and have to stay home.
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where i live it was 4 and no child should have to go to school like that.and around 10 this morning it was 8degrees and they make kids go to school any ways.
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Back in the old days the kids had to walk a couple miles to school.It didn't matter if you had holes in your shoes or not. That's how it was and they survived. If parents were so worried about the temperature, they should've taken their kids to school so they didn't have to wait for the bus.
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or kept them home
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Dec 9, 2010
 
150 kids were absent from IMS yesterday, so I guess some parents did let them stay home.
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Go to the next school board meeting and recommend they establish some guidelines for severe cold weather, i.e. temperature in single digits 2 hour delayed bus pickup and school opening; temperature forecast to remain in single digits school closed for grades pre-K through 6; forecast temperature to remain below zero school closed.
Examples shown are just that, examples; the parents, residents and school board of your area should establish appopriate guidelines if/as needed.
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AuntieAnn wrote:
Back in the old days the kids had to walk a couple miles to school.It didn't matter if you had holes in your shoes or not. That's how it was and they survived. If parents were so worried about the temperature, they should've taken their kids to school so they didn't have to wait for the bus.
Yes, but today's kids are pampered and spoiled.
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tootsie wrote:
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Yes, but today's kids are pampered and spoiled.
So true!
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It would help if parents knew how to layer clothing.3-4 layers can be much warmer than than 1 big coat if used properly.A thick pair of socks over a thin one,etc....

Yet another reason to get practical gifts for needy children.

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Kids need to be in school. They miss way too much as it is. Send em in the cold, the snow, whatever the weather....builds structure in the kids. They shouldn't go to school just when it's "convenient" for them. They need pushed just a bit....give em some drive to do something other than vegetate indoors all the time staring at a computer or tv screen...get out and do something even if it is cold. Weather should have little or no effect in one's education or drive to do something. Just makes em lazy!
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I agree school shouldn't be let out due to temperature, all my classmate are stupid anyways. Parents should care more about theyr children's education then themselves. Do you think they let cold temps get to theyr education in Alaska, or Canada?
UMMMMMMMM

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Parents have seem to have forgotten things called coats, gloves, and boots. Children are spoiled these days. If parents would make, and I don't mean, "Honey, you should wear a coat today" but make them dress accordingly instead of letting everything hang out, then they are warm enough to go to school.

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Dec 10, 2010
 
I went one time when I was in grade school and it was -zero weather and NO that was not the windchill either! I stood in line for a bus too..I mean if it is that cold I will take my child..esp a little one..but to cancel altogether is silly.
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Dec 10, 2010
 
So, you're saying that because your parents did it, it's perfectly acceptable to chuck kids kid outside in sometimes sub-zero weather to wait for a bus that could easily be late? Yeah, when I was a kid I went out in freezing weather, bundled up and everything and got frostbite in less than an hour. Kids are way more susceptible than adults and once you get it, it's way easier to get it again. For the rest of your life.

Just because your parents did it, that doesn't mean it's what everyone should do and thinking that parents are stupid for worrying about their kids is cold-hearted.

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Icy Hearted wrote:
So, you're saying that because your parents did it, it's perfectly acceptable to chuck kids kid outside in sometimes sub-zero weather to wait for a bus that could easily be late? Yeah, when I was a kid I went out in freezing weather, bundled up and everything and got frostbite in less than an hour. Kids are way more susceptible than adults and once you get it, it's way easier to get it again. For the rest of your life.
Just because your parents did it, that doesn't mean it's what everyone should do and thinking that parents are stupid for worrying about their kids is cold-hearted.
What part of your body got frostbite? What did they do to treat it? Did you ever regain use of that part of your body? Or are you using the term frostbite to describe how cold you were? What is it about frost bite, that once you've been bitten by it, makes you easily suseptible to get it again? Something don't sound right here.
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Very little in life today builds character in children.Adversity helps build character.What is going to happen later in life when those children do not have any character to face any type of adversity? Look around you; most young adults I wouldn't compare to a dog's azz.They are totally useless in today's society.

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Dec 13, 2010
 
Yeah, some kids are extremely spoiled. On the other hand you have kids who have pathetic parents that won't buy them a coat or boots. Take those kids into consideration. they can't help if they are poor or if their parents spend the check on alcohol and drugs.
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Its -17 degrees where I live today and school still isnt delayed by a hour where more southern there temps are -13 and there is delayed for 2 hours I dont get why we are the school to not get delayed and we are supposed to get even COLDER to around -40 today and they want us to go to a school where there heater will get air from outside and pump it into the school
I would rather pretend to be sick then go to that school and become sick -.-
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After reading some of the posts above I agree with some and disagree with some as well. I do believe that kids are too pampered or spoiled these days, however I do believe that we have to use some common sense when it comes to cold weather. The people in Alaska and Canada are use to the cold. Their bodies have adapted to that environment. In other areas of the country people are use to typically warmer weather and a sudden drop in temperature can cause issues. In reference to being frost bitten, it can happen to varying degrees. I have be confirmed from a doctor that I was once frost bitten in my hands from being exposed to very cold single digit temperatures for an extended period of time yet I still have full use of my hands. When I am out in the cold since this incident I experience extreme pain in my hands but once warm again I can function as normal. Small children are more succeptible to illnesses and that is why common sense is needed in regards to cold weather. If the school system isn't making you happy with their decision to not have a delay, you as the parent has the ability to do what is best for your child. If that means being late to work then so be it. If it is more important to be at work then worry about the welfare of your child then maybe you shoul reevaluate your priorities.

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