Schools Face Tough Decisions To Close On Cold Days

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Wednesday's bitter snap forced delays for many central Ohio students, but it was not cold enough for other school districts.

10TV spoke to several school officials Wednesday, and the bottom line is when it comes to announcing a school delay for cold weather, districts don't follow the same guidelines.

This mixed bag is creating a lot of frustration for parents who want to know: How it can be too cold for some students to go to class on time, but not cold enough for others?

Our 10TV Facebook page was filled with angry posts from parents who didn't believe their children should be walking to school in temperatures near zero.

"Blows my mind that these school districts are willing to put these children's lives in danger in order to not have to make up days of school!! What about those poor kids that walk?" said one.

"They should have closed. If my kids took the bus I would make them stay home...too cold and dangerous for them to be standing outside. Shame on the schools who didn't close today."

10TV spoke to the superintendent of Gahanna schools who said in his district, he won't call for a school delay unless the temperature is minus-10 for a sustained amount of time.

He said today didn't fit that criteria.

"Days like this there were no excuses for buses being late because there were no road conditions that affected it. It was just cold", said Francis Scruci, Superintendent Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

In Hilliard, the district says it must be minus-20 wind chill for a school delay.

Columbus won't say what its threshold is.

Delaware schools were on a two hour delay.

The superintendent told me waiting two hours avoided kids walking in double digit wind chills.