Ohio County Schools Prepare for Frigid Temperatures


Temperatures are forecasted to reach below freezing for the first three days this week with wind chills well below zero.

Thousands of students are supposed to be headed back to school after their holiday breaks, but that could be pushed back because of the weather conditions at the bus stops and the road conditions.

"We have a team of administrators who monitor the forecast and road conditions," said Ohio County Schools Superintendent Diana Vargo. "We travel the roads early in the morning, 3:30 in the morning, to determine if we should have school or if we should delay."

The school administration would then use a messenger system amongst the parents of their students in order to alert them of any cancellations or delays. Ohio County Schools try to make those calls early enough for parents to have time to adjust their plans.

While there are many factors to consider when it comes to canceling schools Diana Vargo knows the biggest factor is the safety of the students.

"We have approximately 40 school buses that transport our students daily and having students waiting at the bus stop in extreme cold conditions is certainly a concern for us," said Vargo.



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