Weather delays, closures often difficult call for educators

When temperatures drop to zero and as wind chills head even lower, local superintendents must decide whether students could make it to school safely or if school openings should be delayed.

Most superintendents consider pushing the start of school back by two hours once the wind chill is minus 10 degrees or colder. Tuesday morning, the wind chill was about minus 15, and superintendents were divided on what to do.

Franklin and Edinburgh delayed the start of school by two hours. This was the eighth two-hour delay for Franklin and the 12th for Edinburgh. Franklin Superintendent David Clendening doesn’t want students to miss any more time in class, but he also knew that the bitter cold would be at its worst in rural areas where there’s nothing to stop the wind.

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