Most schools closed due to cold, but not all

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (WISH) – Most schools are closed Tuesday because of the extreme cold, but not all.

Brownsburg is one of a few districts that chose a 2-hour delay Tuesday morning. At the bus barn, busses were warming up to pick kids up on a 2-hour delay.

But many districts are closed, and another closure means another day tacked on to the calendar for a lot of districts. IPS, for example, already extended the school year.

They tell 24-Hour News 8 one snow day was built into the calendar–that’s May 23. March 24 is also a make-up day, and they’ll extend the school year one day, making the last day of school June 11, which is one day after graduation.

24-Hour News 8 also spoke with districts outside the metro area. Lebanon Schools are also closed Tuesday. The superintendent there said missed days could change graduation and ISTEP testing dates.

“We’re faced with that variable in the decision process, where we’ve already missed several days of school,” said Robert Taylor, Lebanon Community Schools’ superintendent. “The state has allowed two waiver days, obviously that is impacting what decision we make with regards to when graduation is, when the ISTEP testing window comes, a lot of factors going into that. So, it’s not a simple, ‘Oh it’s cold we’re going to delay school,’ or, ‘Oh it’s really really cold, we’re going to go to school today.’ It becomes much more complex.”

Taylor said outside temperatures are a big concern for kids who walk to school or wait at bus stops. They look closely at the air temperature, wind chill and how long it is from the coldest point in the day until it starts to warm up.

To check the closings and delays list click here.

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