Indianapolis Public Schools brace for cold

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Indianapolis, IN (January 6, 2015) – Indianapolis Public Schools officials announced that classes are canceled Wednesday due to the expected freezing temperatures.

Temperatures are expected to dip below zero overnight, with wind chills falling well below zero.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is already putting city and county offices on a two hour delay Wednesday, as part of a Yellow Travel Advisory. He suggested that schools and parents take similar precautions.

“We do not want to see children out early Wednesday morning or Thursday morning waiting for a bus for any length of time,” Ballard said.

IPS Spokesperson Kristin Cutler told Fox59 there is no set formula for cancelling or delaying school days. But safety is always a top priority.

“We do take the National Weather Service’s wind chill recommendations into account when we’re looking at this,” Cutler said. “Because we certainly don’t want it to be a matter of an unsafe environment for the students as they’re waiting for the bus or walking to school.”

School officials urge parents to always have a backup plan in case classes are delayed or cancelled.

Lakisha Johnson was caught off guard Tuesday morning when the IPS bus that picks up her kids ran 30 minutes late.

“I tried to keep them in the house for a while, but as you can see I sent them out and the bus is still not here,” Johnson said.

The brutal winter of last year caused IPS to extend the school year to make up for lost days due to weather. This year, the district has added more make-up days into the calendar.

IPS will offer lunch service from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the following schools:

  • Thomas D. Gregg School 15
  • Eleanor Skillen 34
  • Nicholson Performing Arts Academy School 70
  • Carl Wilde School 79
  • Arlington Woods School 99