Parents question Oakwood schools decision to open in extreme cold

Oakwood schools elect to hold classes in extreme cold.  (WDTN Photo)
Oakwood schools elect to hold classes in extreme cold. (WDTN Photo)

OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – On a day when morning temperatures dipped below zero, many schools decided to close, but Oakwood held class.

Most students don’t have to wait outside at the bus stop like other districts, but some do walk to school.

Several parents called 2 NEWS Tuesday wanting to know why classes weren’t canceled.

We went directly to Superintendent Kyle Ramey to get those answers for you.

He says he’s been monitoring the forecast closely for days and for the past 20 to 30 years, they have used -20 degrees as the ruling on when to cancel classes.

Superintendent Ramey says that is because skin could become damaged after 20 minutes of exposure in that kind of weather.

This morning hit -7 degrees with no wind. That is cold, but not cold enough to keep kids home.

Another thing the district considers is the condition of sidewalks and crosswalks.

While Ramey says he understands the frustration, he feels he made the right call.

“Your child’s safety is a huge concern for us and it’s the number one priority no matter what we’re doing. This morning, in my opinion, it was safe to walk to school and so that’s why we went to school today,” said Superintendent Kyle Ramey, Oakwood City Schools.

We checked and some parents did decided to keep their kids home from school.

The superintendent says he’s giving those students an excused absence.

 

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