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Schools delay class for low temperatures instead of snow

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As temperatures dropped into the single digits in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Lewis Palmer School District officials decided to go on a two hour delay. 

"The main concern is hoping they get there safely," District 38 parent Tamara Miles said. "If I'm not there with them, did they make it into the building? What happens in between the time when I'm dropping them off or when they're on the bus?" 

You can imagine Miles' relief when District 38 made the call to delay school both Wednesday and Thursday -- not because of snow, but because of extreme cold temperatures. 

"We had a delay which I appreciate because I hate for our kids to have to be waiting at the bus and freezing," Miles said. "You never know if there's going to be a late bus or something like that so I appreciate the delay when it's that cold outside."

When temperatures drop below negative 17 degrees, the district automatically calls a delay. Temperatures this week have not been near that low, but administrators made their own call to keep kids safe and warm.

"We just felt like it was best for our kids and parents related to have that couple extra hours where it warmed up just a little bit so if they were standing at bus stops, they'd be warm enough," district officials said.

Principal Drew Francis said he supports this call -- after all, his school is about 10 miles east of Monument.

"Kilmer Elementary is in a neighborhood where houses are really spread out. We have five buses that come so we've got a lot of kids that take buses. So, the idea of getting a bus at 10:00 instead of 8 or 8:30 makes a big difference," Francis said. 

To ensure students' health and safety during the school day, kids will have indoor recess when conditions drop below 17 degrees. 

"Instead of having outdoor recess, kids will do more brain breaks in the classroom to give kids an opportunity to move and stimulate the brain so we can have as much of a normal day as possible," Francis said. 

Administrators in District 38 are reminding parents to make sure that their kids are not only bundled up well in these conditions, but also well equipped with gloves, a hat, and proper shoes to get through this winter. 

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, administrators made the decision to put District 38 on a two hour delay Thursday as well. Full list of delays and closures here.

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