How cold must it be to close school?

District has had 4 1/2 days off

THREE RIVERS — How cold must it be to close school?
The Three Rivers school district generally looks at windchill of 20 below among other factors in making its decision, Three Rivers superintendent Jean Logan said during the school board meeting on Monday, Dec. 19 — a day which schools were closed since windchill was around 22 below at 7 a.m.
“We have so many kids who can’t afford decent winter wear,” board president Pete Bennett said. This makes it difficult when they stand out and wait for the bus.
As for Monday, Sturgis made their decision and informed staff the night before, Logan said, but Three Rivers decided to wait and see, keeping in touch with other local superintendents about the matter.
Between wintry weather days, a fog day and a power outage day, Three Rivers has now had four and a half days off. It is allowed a total of six days before days have to be made up.
“It has not been a good year for weather,” she said.
In addition, Norton Elementary was out of power until 11 a.m. Monday due to a downed line.
Elena Meadows can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 22 or news@threeriversnews.com.

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