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How Officials Decide To Close Schools

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MASON, Mich. (WLNS) - In Ingham County, the only school districts open for school Monday were Lansing, East Lansing and Haslett. So why did all the other districts in the county close?

Superintendent of the Ingham Intermediate School District spoke with all the superintendents in the county to decide if schools should be closed on a given day.

"Whether it's slippery roads or too much snow or wind chill, it's really what's most important for the kids," said Stanley Kogut. He says Lansing, East Lansing and Haslett school districts weren't closed Monday because wind chills weren't too low yet and no one had trouble making it in.

"Lansing has roads that are much easier to plow," said Kogut.

However, in Mason, roads weren't plowed enough for buses to get through. In areas with poor road conditions, schools had no choice but to close for the day.


"So that's one of your criteria, Can I actually have enough kids picked up so I can actually have a legitimate day of school?" said Kogut.

He says the other criteria for calling school isnow fall, a school building's heating conditions, ice conditions, bus conditions and wind chill.

Kogut says Ingham County Superintendents agree to close schools in negative 20 degree wind chills.

"The kids that are walking or waiting for buses, if they have an exposed skin, within 30 minutes, they could have frostbite," he said.

To see the full list of closures for Tuesday, click HERE.

To see the full forecast, click HERE.

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