School districts keep an eye on extreme cold, delays possible Tuesday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 17, 2014)-- It's not the snow now, but the bitter cold that has school districts across central Indiana on alert.

With wind chills expected at or below zero Monday night into Tuesday morning, it may be too cold for some students to wait for the bus!

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Extreme cold cancelled and delayed class across the region during the last historic winter.

FOX59 learned there's no set way that schools decide when to delay because of the cold. All of them go at it a bit differently, though student safety, districts said, is top priority.

"We don't want to put any child out there in an unsafe situation," said Rick Hightower, with Lebanon Community School Corporation.

Hightower said early Tuesday morning, staff will be evaluating the cold conditions and seeing if it's too chilly for kids to wait on the bus. Rural areas like Boone County can be colder, with wind whipping across open fields.

"There is no magic number. It can be 32 degrees and be too cold if the wind is blowing too hard. It can be zero and no wind and be just fine," he said.

FOX59 checked with other districts across central Indiana.

Muncie Community Schools said they consider delays if the wind chill is around zero. A spokesperson said they'd be monitoring the temperature Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Brownsburg Community School Corporation said they use a combination of temperature, snow cover, and sidewalk conditions to decide if a cold weather delay is needed. A spokesperson said the district had no temperature threshold.

Closer to the metro area, the MSD of Pike Township has their policy written out. They consider delays if air temperature is predicted to be -10 or if the predicted wind chill will be -19. Neither is expected on Tuesday morning.

"Wind chills like this, it makes you nervous," said Allan Kellstadt.

Lebanon dad Allan Kellstadt said the cold weather worries him. His daughter is in elementary school.

Hightower said the homework for parents Monday night includes a reminder - make sure you dress your kids warmly on Tuesday morning.

"We want to make sure parents know they have a responsibility to make sure kids are bundled up as well as they possibly can be," said Hightower.

FOX59 will keep you updated of any closures or delays we receive. They'll be posted online and on air during FOX59 Morning News, which starts Tuesday morning at 4 a.m.