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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Cold prompts school closing

  • Some area schools remained closed today (Friday) after cold temperatures kept students out of the classrooms Thursday.
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  • Some area schools remained closed today (Friday) after cold temperatures kept students out of the classrooms Thursday.
    The Chillicothe R-2 district was among those schools opting to cancel classes. According to Superintendent Roger Barnes, the decision was made with students in mind.
    “Our concern in this weather is student safety,” Barnes said. “If a bus engine were to gel up, it would be a cold wait for students as we get another bus out there to rescue them.”
    As of now, the cancelations will not lengthen the school year. By law, the district must build six days into the school calendar for inclement weather. Barnes said classes will now be in session on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, and on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 17. These holidays will be used to make up Thursday and Friday’s cancelled classes.
    As of press time Friday morning, Barnes said he was unsure whether the R-2 district will hold classes on Monday, Jan. 6.
    “It’s not looking good,” Barnes said. “The forecast says Monday will be colder than today, but I’ve learned in this business to take it one day at a time. We’ll probably make that decision Sunday night or early Monday morning.”
    Classes at Chillicothe’s parochial pre K-8 school, Bishop Hogan Memorial School, were in session today. Principal Pam Brobst said the reason BHMS held classes was due, in part, to the reason to the R-2 district did not hold classes.
    “We don’t have busses,” Brobst explained. “It’s a judgment call of the parents whether or not they want to bring their children. Yesterday (Thursday) we only had three students gone due to illness or other appointments. The parents still have to go to work, so it helps them when we have class.”
    Brobst said there is no policy set in place at BHMS in regard to the cold. Much like Barnes, Brobst said the safety of the students is top priority.
    “We have cancelled class in the past due to ice,” Brobst explained. “But if the parents can get them to school, we usually have class.”
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