Extreme cold weather has school districts warming up buses earlier

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ST.LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - It is rare for classes to be cancelled due solely to cold weather, but at least one area school district has already decided it will be too cold for school on Wednesday.  The Richwoods R-7 district will not have classes on January 7th.

Some districts will spend extra time warming up buses on Wednesday morning.  The Parkway School District is also using engine block warmers in an attempt to minimize any problems.  The warmers will be used overnight.

"We'll have 5 or 6 of our drivers out there early starting each and every bus," said Parkway Deputy Superintendent Desi Kirchhofer.

The district did not cancel classes because of cold weather last year, although there were cancellations on days of extreme cold coupled with snow and ice.  Kirchhofer says the safety of students and staff ultimately drives any decision concerning cancellations.

"I think anytime we get below freezing temperatures and there are high winds, we're going to start looking at least at what activities we might restrict," said Kirchhofer.

A wind chill advisory will be in effect for the St. Louis area from Wednesday at 6 a.m. until Thursday at 9 a.m. ​

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