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Superintendent: Students outside in wind chill a ‘hazardous situation’

Many of them ultimately decided that the best thing to do is to call off school on Wednesday....
Many of them ultimately decided that the best thing to do is to call off school on Wednesday. (Source: Chris Drury, KFVS)((Source: Chris Drury, KFVS))
Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 at 6:57 PM CST
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MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) - Craig Kujawa Superintendent at Bethel Grade School District #82 says that he and the other superintendents from around the area have been talking over the past few days about the severe wind chills approaching the area.

Many of them ultimately decided that the best thing to do is to call off school on Wednesday.

He says that they start considering calling off school when the wind chill is expected to drop below -10 degrees.

Kujawa says that roughly 45 percent of the students at Bethel Grade School have to spend time outside waiting at the bus stops and decided that the best decision for his students was to have them stay at home where its warm instead.

He says that they will be watching the weather develop closely and does not believe they will have to call off school the day after tomorrow.

“If their parents are at work and they have to walk to the bus stop they may be outside for several minutes waiting,” he said. “It just creates a very hazardous situation for them. Whether its life threatening or not its something that we don’t put our students in that kind of situation.”

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