Schools prepare for winter weather

Schools prepare for winter weather

With wind chill temperatures this week projected to fall close to -40 degrees, many school districts are faced with the decision to cancel if they get too low.

The decision to delay or close schools in Indianapolis is generally made by 5 that the schools can get word out to families in the district by 6 a.m.

The Three Rivers Local School District was one of the first to call off classes for its 2,400 students Wednesday.

Avon City Schools and Akron City Schools are also joining Beachwood City Schools by canceling classes for Wednesday and Thursday.

Indianapolis Public Schools has a team of professionals who start their mornings early to help make the decision about whether or not it's safe for your student to go to school.

Some of you have asked how we decide whether or not to close school due to cold temperatures.

"You have kids standing out at the end of the driveway, or at their bus stop", said Gaylen Devries, Transportation Director at Norris School District. The FOX6 Weather Experts say we could see the coldest air in decades - with wind chills potentially dropping to the -50s at times.

For the latest on school closings, stay tuned to's school closings page.

As the National Weather Service issues weather advisories, we in the Buffalo Public Schools are monitoring the weather with student safety in mind. Most schools have some form of winter weather gear to give students, and our Parent Centers have child and adult coats in various sizes through Operation Warm. At these temperatures, frostbite will be possible in less than five minutes.

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