Cold Weather Closes Many Schools, Some Stay Open

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

While frigid temperatures had school districts across the state canceling classes Tuesday, a few opted to stay open. Pueblo City Schools District 60 and Pueblo County School District 70 were two of them.

Both districts started the day on a two-hour delay, which didn't make some parents very happy. "I think they should cancel it because it's just too cold, and it's hard for delays when parents work," says Jessica Arellano, the mother of a Freed Middle School student.

Not all parents were up in arms over the decision. "I don't think the cold weather is that bad," says David Burt, also the parent of a Freed Middle School student.

Some people saw the delay as a middle ground. "I think it's a good idea because I think the kids would have to make it up in spring break," says Rita Kindell, the grandmother of a student attending Freed Middle School.

The school district explained that making the decision to close school is not an easy one to make. "We look at several variables and try to make the best decision we can," says Maggie Lopez, interim-Superintendent for Pueblo City Schools.

Lopez spent the day traveling around the district checking in on schools. By the end of the day she had decided to cancel all evening activities and, after looking at the forecast, close schools on Wednesday.

Tuesday, Pueblo reached a high of 8 degrees, but the wind made it feel like it was 15 to 20 degrees below zero.

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  • by TK Location: CS on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM
    Safety First you probably think that kids in Canada don't have school all winter long.
  • by anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    Our Son has asthma and that is one reason we keep our son home when school does not have enough sense to close school and having asthma myself i know how my son feels when that cold hits you. It`s like your lungs freeze up and you can`t catch your breath. Our son spent 4 days in the hospital and was on oxygen for a week and having to take the steroids, we want to spare him from going through that again. there is no busing kids to school, the buses are used for field trips only.
  • by Health First on Feb 3, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    Kudos to the school districts for protecting children! The severe cold temperatures can cause significant harm especially to children with Asthma. Even "bundled up" would not be enough to protect them; as they breath "even through a scarf etc" the lungs can be shocked causing a severe asthma attack that could lead to hospitalization and in some cases death. Parents and administrators remember its our job to protect them; their can always be a school makeup day.
  • by Safety First Location: CS on Feb 3, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    To everyone complaining about school being closed... well you probably do not have kids, and it's a good thing too. In temperatures like this, you can get frostbite within a few minutes. For a lot of kids it takes at least 10-15 minutes to walk to school, or 10 minutes standing outside waiting for a bus(if it's on time). Why risk it...seriously? All the schools have snow days built into the schedule for a reason. I am sick of the idiotic comments on here about how they had to walk to school in 6ft of snow uphill bothways and at -40 degrees. That was your problem, you probably got brain damage from that experience! Always side on safety first! Way to go school districts!
  • by anonymous Location: colorado springs on Feb 2, 2011 at 11:52 PM
    sending out employees to experience road conditions shouldn`t be the only deciding factor on if schools should close or not, after school starts and the issue of recess comes up, even if they are bundled up and have layers of clothes on that is not going to protect them from below zero temps. our sons school has had the kids outside when it is too cold.
  • by anonymous Location: colorado springs on Feb 2, 2011 at 09:22 PM
    What is so hard to decide? the decision makers should think like it was their children and treat our children with the same care that they would treat their own! I was up between 5:00 and 6:ooam to see if district 12 was closed and they were reported as scheduled but they didn`t close school until they seen what all the other school decision makers were doing!
  • by To TJ and Jedi on Feb 2, 2011 at 03:45 PM
    I agree. Parents in Colorado know that there will be weather conditions that require coats, hats, gloves. It's this little thing we like to call Winter and it comes around every year. Road conditions are one thing but when the roads are clear and the only issue is cold, layer the clothes and bundle up.
  • by Q Location: Peyton on Feb 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    Why do the private schools with no school buses cancel school because it is too cold. There is no bus service at private schools so why are they not there? I completely agree that children that go to public schools should not be out in this. Five minutes at a bus stop is too long and what if the bus breaks down. If you have a school that has no bus service you should be open today.
  • by to JenC Location: colorado springs on Feb 2, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    right on!
  • by To Jenny Baker Location: colorado springs on Feb 2, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    Right on. Our kids well being and safety should also be a big factor. Our sons school has the kids outside in exteme cold temps. Wer keep our sons home when the school district we are in don`t close school.
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