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How Cold Is Too Cold For School?


Schools all over the QCA canceled school Monday.

Many of them are doing the same Tuesday.

The reason - dangerously cold temperatures.

That's the reason Pleasant Valley Superintendent Jim Spelhaug hasn't gotten much sleep in the last couple days. 

He's been out driving roads and testing busses, trying to decide if he can get kids to and from school, safely. 

"As far as the mechanical equipment goes, you start to get nervous with the diesel equipment at -20 or so," Spelhaug explains.

Over the last two days, Pleasant Valley employees have been testing and starting busses in the fleet. making sure they are ready to do when school is back in session.

But, Spelhaug says that while the busses and the kids who are waiting at bus stops can be in danger in the cold weather, it's also the kids that are walk to school that really need to be worried about.

"Our walk times are somewhere between 15-20 minutes," says the Superintendent. "So if we see danger in that period of time, that's something we look at pretty closely."

According to KWQC Meteorologist Kevin Phelps, in weather that is in the QCA on Monday and Tuesday, it only takes about 10 minutes for frost bite to take effect. 

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