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Too cold for school?

Digital writers

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 1:29 PM -

When winter storms hit, most students are eager for a snow day.

But what about when temperatures plunge?

BACK IN THE DEEP FREEZE: Frigid temps continue to grip Ontario.

On Wednesday, students in the Haliburton and Muskoka regions of Ontario were given a mid-week "cold day."

Morning temperature lows hit -35°C, feeling even colder with the wind chill.

Officials said it was too cold for students to stand outside to wait for a bus, and several bus drivers said they weren't even able to get the buses started.

School administrators say it's always a tough call to cancel classes, but the safety of the students is the number one priority.

Because a lot of parents have to work, officials say students standing outside in the cold waiting for a bus can be a major safety concern in frigid temperatures.


A lot of thought also goes into determining if students will get a snow day.

According to the York Region District School Board in Ontario, the decision relies heavily on the road conditions and is made in conjunction with school bus companies.

Authorities are constantly checking weather data and radar maps online, as well as current road conditions.

The school bus companies will typically recommend if the buses should run or not, prompting a further discussion among school officials.

The decision to pull a bus off the road is usually made on the day of the storm after conditions begin to deteriorate and the roads are deemed unsafe.

Most schools try to remain open, recognizing that not all students are bused and parents still need to get to work.

The YRDSB says if schools do remain open during inclement weather, there are policies in place to provide a safe environment for students.

With files from The Canadian Press

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