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School delays cause problems for parents: some miss work others simply worry

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 7:30pm

Across our region students got the day off, while others got a few extra hours to sleep in but parents are less than pleased with the decisions the districts made about this cold weather.

Bundled up, gloves, fluffy coats, and hats. Hundreds of kids in the area were waiting to head to school, a little bit later than usual.

“The fact that it’s really cold and my kids are missing out of school," said parent, Barbra Herring.

Parents like Barbra Herring tell FOX44 delaying school Tuesday wasn't the best decision.

“Actually they should be out the whole day. I mean if its 17 degrees they should be at home right now. Just one day won’t hurt.”

These are temperatures residents in Baton Rouge haven’t seen in years. Tuesday’s temperature reached an all time low of 19 degrees.

“It’s cold and I have been standing outside early," noted school student, Jahdah Moore.

Moore is less than pleased with the delay because of miscommunication, she’s stuck at home and so is her mom.

“My mom had to go to work today and she wasn't able to go because of the delay. She doesn't have transportation,” noted Moore. “Our education is important. I was outside early, she was running late and by the time I made it outside the bus driver was already gone so I just had to stay home today.”

Mother of three, Janna Alexander, got lucky. She was off of work and able to walk her kids to the bus stop so she had no complaints.

“It keeps the kids from getting sick because it's a lot colder earlier in the morning," said Alexander.

Although some parents were put in a bind, others did what they could in this unlikely and uncommon situation caused by the "polar vortex" taking the nation by storm.

"But at the same time I want them to get their education and go to school but one day wont hurt,” said Herring.

At seven thirty, the usual pick up time for kids, it was about 22 degrees. Then at nine thirty, the delayed pickup time, the temperature only increased about four degrees and went up to about twenty six.

FOX44 reached out to both East Baton Rouge School District and the Recovery School District for comment on the delays but have not heard back.

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