Some districts delayed school openings due to sub-zero chill

Hampshire County

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Several school districts across western Massachusetts had delayed openings Tuesday due to frigid temperatures.

Parts of western Massachusetts saw temperatures well below zero Tuesday morning, making it the fourth record low since Christmas. As a result, multiple school districts had delayed start times and one private school in Holyoke closed for the entire day.

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Being outside in these conditions for long periods of time can be dangerous for your health. Frostbite is a major threat in extremely low temperatures, and children who walk to school or wait for the bus outside could be more at risk for getting it.

One parent said she’s worried about colder days in the future and told 22News she’s not sure what this will mean for children in school.

“I can see closing cause it’s so cold, but it’s supposed to be this cold for like two weeks so they can’t stay closed forever,” Lisa Hibbert said. “I just think that kids have to be totally bundled up.”

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Another parent said he understands why schools would delay openings, but having this happen again in the future will be hard on parents.

“I understand that sometimes it could be, you know, cold, and appropriate for delays,” Jerome Douchette said. “But parents need to get to work.”

Parents should make sure their children are wearing layered clothing covering their hands, ears and face if possible.

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