The bitter weather has caused a number of area school districts to close on Tuesday, including the Rochester City School District.
Superintendent Bolgen Vargas issued this letter to parents:
"I have decided to cancel classes and school activities on Tuesday, Jan. 7th, because of the forecast for extremely cold wind-chill temperatures.
It is unfortunate that we have to interrupt school schedules just as students are returning from break. The weather makes it unsafe to be outside for extended periods, however, and we have many students who walk to school. I decided to make this decision Monday evening, based on the forecast, rather than waiting until Tuesday morning when families have little time to plan.
We have cold weather tips on the District’s website, but in the extreme conditions expected tomorrow, the best advice for your children is simply to stay warm and safe inside. Mayor Lovely Warren has put a “Heat Sweep” in effect and encourages residents to call 311 if they lose heat or know of someone who needs assistance (details below).
I often emphasize how important it is for every child to read for at least 30 minutes, every day, outside of school,. Tomorrow, please encourage them to use this “found time” to read more than that, and to work on school assignments if they have them.
Based on the forecast, I expect that schools will be able to reopen normally on Wednesday morning."
You can get more school closing information by clicking on the "Closings" tab at the top of our web page. Closings are courtesy of Time Warner Cable News.