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Severely cold temperatures all around the QCA prompted a lot of schools to cancel school on Thursday.

The main concern was kids walking to school - or waiting for the bus - with wind chills down around -25.

Over 150 different school districts in the KWQC viewing area canceled school.

But 5 didn't.

Tipton, Bennett, Durant, Muscatine, and West Liberty all had kids come to school after a 2 hour late start. 

And that had some people split over when kids should be in school. 

"I don't see no reason to stay home because some of the kids like to play in the snow," says Juan Galvan in West Liberty. "It's better to be in school that to play in the snow."

"I don't think they should be going," says a contradicting resident Adam Reinhardt. "It's hard on the kids who have to walk to school. It's hard on the busses and the equipment that have to go our and pick them up."

But for those in charge, it's not an easy decision to have school or cancel.

But for today, West Liberty Superintendent Steve Hanson looked for some scientific help.

"In trying to keep this as scientific as possible, even though it's not an exact science... I rely on the National Weather Service Chart," Hanson explains. 

The NWS says with wind chills around -25, kids are safe to be outside for 30 minutes at a time. 

So all students in West Liberty were in class today.

But with temperatures staying pretty much steady during the morning hours, why the two hour delay?

"Because of yesterday's wind coming up and creating some drifting, we thought it would give us a cushion for the road crews to clear any possible drifts. And to give more time for a decision on a possible cancellation," says Hanson. 

And even though Hanson says safety of the students is the number one reason why schools cancel, there are other things you have to consider on these boarder line days. 

"It's been hard to develop a rhythm since Winter break," says the Superintendent. "We have our Iowa Assessments coming up in the first week in February. We are supposed to be measured on these high stakes measurement the first week of February over a full year of learning. And it's hard to even get them to school."