INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Temperatures on Tuesday will likely be the coldest so far this season, and schools say they have plans in place to keep kids warm.
Many said last year’s brutal winter is still top of mind as this winter approaches, and their plans now reflect that.
Ahead of the Tuesday cold, 24-Hour News 8 we reached out to several schools for their plans for single digit temps.
They all responded the same: safety first.
Indianapolis Public Schools say they said they try for a full school day if possible, and indoor recess is an option in extreme temperatures.
Other schools are also planning for indoor recess, like in Wayne Township, where they look building by building at how warmly kids are dressed to decide if it’s safe for them to be outside.
Delaware Community Schools say they look at the wind chill. If it’s too dangerous, they may delay the start of school so families can better see the bus coming and leave home as it arrives. They want students inside longer to reduce the time they’re outside waiting for a bus.
At Western School Corporation, when it’s this cold, spare buses and substitute drivers are ready in case a bus breaks down. If that happens, a spare can reach students quickly.
Before they even leave the house, schools remind parents to make sure kids are dressed warmly: layers, hats, scarves, gloves and hand warmers, especially if they walk to and wait for the bus.