I guess it depends on whether it's also wet or windy. Here, there are ice warnings, so the school buses can have a hard time in certain weather because they have to travel mountain roads. On those days, school will sometimes start later in the morning, after the ice has had a chance to thaw a bit. Or they will cancel school altogether. Snow generally means school is out, if it is on the roads and cold enough to remain frozen. I think that it could probably get in the teens here before they'd cancel school, provided there weren't other factors like snow or ice. Dry cold is different. As for me...if I step out and it just seems too cold or whatever....then my son stays home, whether school is officially cancelled or not. I don't know how folks living in blizzard conditions manage. ;)

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I guess it depends on how far from the school people live and if they drive or bus it or if they have to walk. I remember a couple of time, getting half a block away from home and turning back because I couldn't take the cold. Mom insisted I go to school. I asked her to walk with me because the wind was pushing me back and it was hurting me. She came and walked a few feet and took me back inside. Called the school and said I wouldn't be going that day. It was a horrendous day. I was a kid, so I don't recall the exact windchill but I know that I have gone to school in -20 F with no complaints. I guess it was colder than that.

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When it's cold and a strong wind and children have to walk to school that can damage the lungs. I've walked in extremely windy & cold weather (one mile) and felt it in my lungs for about a week. Oklahoma is spread out (used to be the largest city in the USA in terms of square miles) so there are a lot of bus routes.

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I lived in Montreal when I was a kid. We had harsh weather. I lived a little over a mile from school and there was no bus that went in that direction. Whatever bus I might have taken still would have left me walking several blocks.

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I rode a school bus for most of the years I went to public school, couldn't feel the heat from the heater until about the time we got to town, and we had a lot of stops with the bus door opening until then. My feet were ice cold and we were shivering most of that ride.

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It's too cold when the bus engines are frozen and refuse to start. And it's too cold if children are waiting for busses outside and getting frostbite at the same time.

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That was the reason for the law in Nebraska.

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All types of cold is too cold to go to school. If it's hot, cold, or just right.. just don't go.

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