Many Vermont schools closed because of the sub-zero temperatures


It’s been cold, there isn’t a person around that would disagree. In fact, the last time Burlington reached over 32° was December 23rd. Temperatures this cold can do a number of damaging things to the human body, and that is why numerous schools have closed in the recent days.

“Safety of students is our primary concern,” said Winton Goodrich, the superintendent for Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union.

Tuesday morning’s low temperatures prompted over 100 school closings or two hour delays. Including a two hour delay in Goodrich’s district. “The issue here is, especially with temperatures this cold are schools freezing up? Do we have running water? There were some concerns there.”

Then, with such bone chilling temperatures, will the school buses start?

“They are diesel, and there is a lot of advanced planning by the bus companies and making sure they have the mixture of kerosene and diesel, and the additive that keeps it from gelling up,” Winton said. The following concern, is the buses dying while in service with students stuck onboard.

“To be able to have the opportunity to make sure the schools are open, to give the bus companies a little bit more time to have the buses be warmed up  and be safe. That is really the protocol that we use on a day like today,” he said.

Making the call to delay, or cancel school doesn’t come lightly, especially in a community where the school provides up to three meals a day to some students.

“With high poverty levels we are looking at 50% plus, a lot of the nutrition does come from schools,” he said.

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