Metro school districts prepare to keep kids safe with frigid days ahead

KANSAS CITY, Mo – Winter weather is here and school districts around the metro are working to keep our kids safe this season.

“It’s cold out here!”

It’s nothing new for zoning director Larry Englebrick. He works with teams that make decisions if weather conditions are safe enough for students.

“We began Monday. Following the weather forecast,” Englebrick said.

Teams are in place, some working through the night, keeping an eye on temps and slick spots on raods, sidewalks and parking lots. It’s not something anyone with the district takes lightly.

“When our wind chill temps reach zero degrees or below we begin looking at that very seriously. Our concerns are having a child wait at a bus stop or walk to school without the proper attire.”

It’s metro parents’ biggest concern, too. Wednesday they bundled their kids up on their walks to school.

“They really don’t care, I’m the one who is worried about it,” Kansas City parent Maria Hernandez said.

“Getting all the warm outfits for her. Her gloves, her jacket, socks and boots,” Kansas City parent Liliana Lujan said.

While parents are doing all they can, the Kansas City district is too.

“We made preparation to bring our grounds crew in tomorrow morning to begin salting and sanding our parking lots,” Englebrick said.

Kansas City isn’t the only district making plans. Blue Valley has staff coming in early Thursday morning to help ensure that buses start and will send texts to update registered families if any bus is running 10 minutes or more late. Shawnee Mission school district says when temps are 15 degrees or below or if wind chill is below zero, outdoor recess will be canceled.

All metro district officials agree, keeping your child warm and safe is priority number one.

“The district will do everything in our ability to keep students safe, we need the cooperation of parents.”

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