Philadelphia School Closings On Tuesday Due To Extreme Cold? [UPDATED]

District says it’s monitoring the situation.

UPDATE: Philadelphia School District schools are open on Tuesday in spite of the extreme cold overtaking the region, according to district spokesperson Fernando Gallard.

Responses to this information on the Philadelphia School District’s Facebook page:

Louise Myers: All schools should be closed 2morrow!


Sharon Feudo Stipa: It's crazy to think the children have to wait in sub zero temperatures for buses.

Jennifer Ferraro Kline: Ridiculous. Kids need to be in school. Businesses aren't closing because of the cold. Dress your child properly. They should grant excused absences but when summer comes and we have to make up days in 90 degree weather you'll be complaining as well. The buildings are heated not air conditioned.

Toniell Ericksen: Actually Jennifer - I teach in a jacket and my students wear jackets and gloves all day because it was freezing in the school. It's supposed to be 70 degrees colder tomorrow than it was today. I can't imagine working in those conditions.

Helen Moise: I agree schools should be closed tomorrow! My daughter has to catch two buses; the subway and from that point, walk two blocks to school. And my son walks about four blocks to school. To add salt to the wound, the heating is poor in some classrooms.

Patrice Lumer: I have a special needs grandson who rides the bus to school and I am so grateful for this..but as we wait for the bus in the morning I watch kids walking miles to school in the morning and some have no hats and no gloves..my grandson's school has an 87% poverty rate and I have seen children come to school in no winter coats just a light jacket...this is not just cold weather they are predicting it is life threatening cold. Frostbite weather and frankly I see no reason why the school wouldn't close down for this type of weather.

Plenty of the region's schools are closed or opening late on Tuesday. The count as of 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday was close to 80. For a complete list, go here.

ORIGINAL:

On Monday, all public schools in Chicago were closed due to extreme cold, and Minnesota's governor closed all K-12 schools in the entire state, with some colleges and universities canceling classes as well. And with the extreme cold headed directly for this region, a lot of parents are wondering if there will be Philadelphia school closings on Tuesday.

philadelphia-schools-closing-extreme-cold"We are looking at the drop of temperature as a weather event and will review the forecast to see if it will affect the school day tomorrow," school district spokesperson Fernando Gallard told me on Monday afternoon.

I'll take that as a very solid "maybe."

Other school districts in the region are also said to be considering whether or not to open their doors on Tuesday morning, when temperatures could be in the single digits.

Philadelphia has been in a "code blue" since New Years Eve and will stay that way until further notice, says Leticia Egea Hinton, Deputy Director of the Office of Supportive Housing. (Philadelphia's Department of Health declares heat warnings; OSH declares code blues... go figure). Montgomery County is in a code blue through Friday.

As of 3 p.m. on Monday, former City Controller candidate Brett Mandel put the odds of the Philadelphia School District closing at 2-5:

Here's the latest on the extreme cold from the National Weather Service (as always, in ALL CAPS):

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
307 PM EST MON JAN 6 2014

...DANGEROUS COMBINATION OF COLD AND WIND EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT
THROUGH TUESDAY...

.AN ARCTIC AIRMASS WILL SETTLE INTO OUR AREA TONIGHT AND TUESDAY.
THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD TEMPERATURES AND GUSTY WINDS WILL
RESULT IN BITTERLY COLD AND EVEN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS.

DEZ001>004-MDZ008-012-015-019-020-NJZ016>027-PAZ070-071-071000-
/O.EXT.KPHI.WC.Y.0002.140107T0500Z-140107T2200Z/
NEW CASTLE-KENT-INLAND SUSSEX-DELAWARE BEACHES-CECIL-KENT MD-
QUEEN ANNES-TALBOT-CAROLINE-SALEM-GLOUCESTER-CAMDEN-
NORTHWESTERN BURLINGTON-OCEAN-CUMBERLAND-ATLANTIC-CAPE MAY-
ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE MAY-COASTAL ATLANTIC-COASTAL OCEAN-
SOUTHEASTERN BURLINGTON-DELAWARE-PHILADELPHIA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WILMINGTON...DOVER...GEORGETOWN...
REHOBOTH BEACH...ELKTON...CHESTERTOWN...CENTREVILLE...EASTON...
DENTON...PENNSVILLE...GLASSBORO...CAMDEN...CHERRY HILL...
MOORESTOWN...MOUNT HOLLY...JACKSON...MILLVILLE...HAMMONTON...
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE...OCEAN CITY...ATLANTIC CITY...
LONG BEACH ISLAND...WHARTON STATE FOREST...MEDIA...PHILADELPHIA
307 PM EST MON JAN 6 2014

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
5 PM EST TUESDAY...

* HAZARD TYPES...DANGEROUS COLD AND WIND.

* WIND CHILL VALUES....AS LOW AS 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

* TIMING...LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY TUESDAY.

* IMPACTS...PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THE DANGEROUS COLD AND WIND
MAY LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA AND FROSTBITE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR
AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES.
LIMIT YOUR TIME OUTSIDE IF POSSIBLE.

[Map: NWS]

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  • Earl J

    Gimme a break……….When I went to school it was often negative numbers (queue global warming folks) and I walked 4 miles through snow and wind and…………

    • janet

      true… and kids are more resilient then us adults.

      • Sean

        You use of the English langue tell us how often you went to school.

        • Sean

          Sorry, wrong post.

    • Portia Scholl

      Prfecisely Earl J The same here but does that make it right to expose children to adverse winter conditions with the risks involved?

      • Dan

        Lol, ur an ijit too! Sarcasm always lost on the ijits. All ijits…I weep for our future.

  • queensstrength

    Lies since the 80s school was closed when the temperature hit under 20 degrees and it feels negative degrees. I only speaking for Philadelphia.

    • Sean

      You use of the English langue tell
      us how often you went to school.

      • Sean

        Language*

        • Kurt

          Your*.

          • jack

            Tells*

          • Joe

            lol

          • Dan

            OMG – This bored is full of ijits! (Get it “bored” instead of “board” hehehe)

      • Merk W.

        *Skewl

  • sophia

    i have a 4 year old ..i have to catch a buss and walk 4 blocks up
    the poor baby :( ..i think school should close tomorrow its to dangerous for pets kids and old people

  • miracle

    I do not think it’s fair I have to walk and wait for a bus in blow weather

  • Philadelphia School District

    I don’t think its right that I am force to wait outside for a bus that know one really knows when it might come in these weather conditions. And on top of that my school doesn’t have good heating it feels like 30 degrees everyday. I mean I want to learn and all but
    this is just crazy.

  • LW

    FUKK DAT. IM NOT GOING TO SCHOOL! I’ll make sure I’ll keep everyone who is in my prayers though. Yous may need it.

  • Dad

    Grow a set

  • KobraKai7474

    School is not and never was intended to be a form of free daycare. If it is so cold outside that kids are risking life and limb to get there (and they are… read the NWS’s warning if you doubt it) and if the schools are so cold inside that kids can’t concentrate on anything but staying warm anyway (and by all accounts, that is the case), what exactly is the point? To give parents a place to send their kids so they can watch TV in peace? Really?

    • Dan

      Have you heard of work? I don’t think the majority will be simply”watch[ing] TV in peace” during school hours. What are you some kinda ijit
      or something?

  • Enufalready

    Oh please…adverse conditions. Its cold, layer up. Its too cold, its too hot, too much rain, too much snow, expected to walk…gasp, no. What a nation of wusses — that’s what “babyfieing” does.

  • ICDogg

    I don’t remember school ever closing when I was a kid for cold in the absence of snow and ice.

  • Highschoolstudent

    The School District is Just trying to keep money comming in. they would not care if a child dead going to school . I bet they wont send there kids put in these cold ass weather into a school with no heat #DumbAssDistrict