As I sit here, the delays and closings have already started to scroll on the screen….10 hours before school will actually begin. It’s an odd phenomina here in central Indiana, schools delay because of cold. My Canadian co-worker doesn’t get it at all.
It stems from the dark early mornings, coupled with the time it takes to get the buses fired up, along with concerns of extended exposure for children out at the bus stop. Or that’s the claim. But really, if the high is supposed to be in the single-digits, does it matter if it’s 7 am or 9am? If you are waiting in the dark for the bus, does it matter if it’s 25 degrees or 2?
It is one the only spontaneous perks of being a teacher…”surprise! here’s an extra hour of sleep!” or “surprise! here’s the day off!”
We are in for the artic freeze, but it’s nothing compared to the upper-Midwest….they are officially colder than Alaska.
What does your thermometer read? Does your local school district delay/close for cold?