Should schools stay open during these freezing temperatures?

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Many schools chose to stay open Tuesday during these freezing cold temperatures, which is stirring up quite the controversy. Parents have voiced their opinions on both sides of the issue.

KX went to find out not only why schools are deciding to stay open, but how they are keeping kids busy while staying indoors all day.

Most schools have the policy that once it reaches negative 10 degrees they will no longer allow students outside. But how do they decide whether or not to close school completely with such low temperatures?

Shiloh Christian School Principal, Sara Mitzel says, “We have a network of other schools around us in this community and in this area. The superintendents and principals we all work together to make responsible decisions keeping the utmost importance safety of our students.”
Parents took to Facebook with their opinions on whether or not they thought it was a good idea for schools to close or not. Working parents say its a good thing because they wouldn’t know what to do with their kids, but others said it’s not worth the possible dangers.
Mitzel tells me that its ultimately up to the parents if their child comes to school or not.
“Any family can choose to keep their student home if they feel the environment is not safe,” says Mitzel. So again when it gets -50, -60 we have not reached this temperature for some time so I suppose that our local network will have to work together on what is the very best interest for all our students to make sure they are safe.”
But, how are they keeping kids busy without recess?
“We have board games in the classrooms that are going on,” Mitzel says, “Our teacher aids are amazing. They work with the students on supervising them on indoor play. If the gym is available we like to try and get some motor activity going on. But it definitely gets creative to find out how to do imaginative play indoors.”
Parent, Lisa Grosz, told me she’s doesn’t mind the school staying open she just wants to make sure her children are safe.
“I would not want my child to go outside in this weather so I would be concerned to check that out with teachers and supervisors to make sure they are not going out in this cold,” says Grosz.
Mitzel tells me if you do feel that your child is not safe and needs to stay home, Shiloh Christian will personally only count it as an excused absence.
Shiloh Christian did end up closing their doors today, as did Bismarck, Mandan, and many other schools in our area.

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