Cold Weather Closes Many Schools, Some Stay Open

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email
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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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