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Superintendent defends school day decisions despite criticism

Mason's superintendent is defending the district's decision to only have a two-hour delay instead of closing amid record cold Friday morning. (Provided by Mason City Schools Facebook page) Mason's superintendent is defending the district's decision to only have a two-hour delay instead of closing amid record cold Friday morning. (Provided by Mason City Schools Facebook page)
Several factors come into play when school officials decide whether to cancel or delay classes due to weather. (FOX19 NOW) Several factors come into play when school officials decide whether to cancel or delay classes due to weather. (FOX19 NOW)
MASON, OH (FOX19) -

There is usually debate over schools canceling classes due to cold weather or snow.

Before Mason City School leaders decided to cancel classes Friday, the district was operating on a two hour delay. Late Thursday, Superintendent Doctor Gail Kist-Kline took to Facebook to defend the district's decision.

Absent additional snow or ice, she posted, Mason City Schools would operate on a 2-hour delay Friday to ensure the buildings and buses were ready.

Parents need to make sure students are dressed appropriately and watched at bus stops, she wrote.

"According to some weather forecasters, Friday starts the turn-around for us as temperatures are predicted to climb throughout the day and have less wind," her posting states. "While we know it will still be very cold, we'll have a 2-hour delay for Friday, February 20. A delay provides sunlight and warmer temperatures in the morning, and extra time to ensure that our buses and schools are ready for students. Bundle the kids up and stay warm, and we look forward to seeing you back at school soon!"

She went on to say there are several things taken into account when deciding whether or not to have school.

She evaluates the topography of the district's 25 square miles, looks at various forecasting models, checks the condition of the roads, and considers the judgment of the staff in charges of buses, buildings and grounds.

Dozens of people commented on the superintendent's post, including some who said she was not making students safety a priority.

"Could you PLEASE consider our high schoolers who are having to walk from the pool lot at 9am?!?" One parent posted. "They are saying tomorrow will be even colder out and 2 hrs won't help ANYTHING. Just 5 minutes out in these below freezing wind chills can be dangerous. As a parent of a senior HS-er, Please rethink this."

The controversy ended by 6:30 a.m. Friday when school officials changed their minds and decided to close like most other districts in the region.

The morning low fell to minus 10 degrees just before 3 a.m. Friday, breaking a 130-record for the coldest temperature on the date in 130 years, since 1885.

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