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Erie Schools Give Early Cancellation Notice

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When Erie's Public Schools calls off classes, you know it's serious.  And this time, they did it with a day's notice. Forecasters have given our region plenty of warning about the extreme conditions that are just reaching our area, and the city school district decided to give its families plenty of warning too.

As Jefferson Elementary kids bundled up and headed for home Monday, it was just 10 degrees outside with wind chills below zero.

Building Engineer, Chet Uscinski says it's just impossible to stay ahead of the blowing snow on the sidewalks around the school. "You shovel, snowblow it just drifts right back most of the time...then the city plows come through and cover the sidewalks again, sometimes you get very discouraged," said Uscinski.

The district is most concerned about keeping kids out the dangerous wind chills tomorrow morning.  District spokesman Matt Cummings said, "This is really extreme weather that we're experiencing with the wind chills, usually when it's a snow related closure we'll wait until the morning to decide, but talking with emergency management folks and with wind chills at minus 30, it necessitates a closure."

Many kids do walk to school in the city of Erie and the district just isn't taking any chances. Because so many parents work and don't have plans to supervise their kids during the day, Erie's Public Schools wanted them to have as much notice as possible.

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