Parents prepare children for extreme cold as schools choose to cancel or delay

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Central Indiana parents are keeping a close watch on the forecast as they wait to hear from their school districts on what the plans are for school Tuesday.

“At this point, as cold as it is, knowing it’s gonna be colder Tuesday, I wish they would at least delay it,” said parent Kalie Byrd.

School Superintendents in Marion County held a telephone conference Monday to discuss their options.

“A lot of times with these major decisions the superintendents will talk amongst themselves, so they make the best decisions possible for everyone,” said John Althardt, spokesperson with Indianapolis Public Schools.

Althardt said schools have a wide range of issues to consider before closing or delaying school, but safety of students is the number one priority.

“It’s waiting at the bus stop, it’s how long it takes our walkers to get from their home to school and what kind of exposure to extreme weather is there and then how do we balance that with the running of school, making sure we have school days,” Althardt said.

Until parents get word from their child’s school, they should prepare them for the elements.

“We just gotta do what we can as parents and just bundle our kids up make sure they’re not outside for very long, maybe wait at the bus stop in the cars, do what we can to keep them from being outside for too long,” said Byrd.

Covering exposed skin, dressing warm and limiting the amount of time children are in the cold are the best ways to keep them safe.

School districts in Marion County will let parents know the plan by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

View a complete list of delays and closures.

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