DETROIT (WWJ) – Sorry metro Detroit moms and dads! With record-low temperatures in the forecast, the school closings are rolling in for Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Among the first to call off class in Oakland County were Birmingham, Huron Valley Schools, Novi Community Schools, Walled Lake, Waterford and West Bloomfield. In Wayne County: Lincoln Park, Plymouth-Canton, and the Taylor School District made the decision early. In St. Clair County, the Port Huron Area School District was the first to cancel.
A Wind Chill Warning is in effect until noon on Wednesday for all of Southeast Michigan, with temperatures feeling like they’re minus 35. AccuWeather says metro Detroit could get down to an actual low of -10 overnight, which would break the record of -8 set in 1977.
Dozens of Metro Detroit schools were closed on Monday with local roads a mess following relentless snowfall over the weekend. This is after hundreds of local schools had at least a few snow days already this season, with some districts ending up extending the holiday break.
Don Wotruba, who lobbies for the Michigan School Board Associated, said this bad weather is playing havoc with parents’, teachers’, and administrators’ schedules.
Under current Michigan law, schools are allowed six snow days per school year. If districts exceed that number, Wotruba does not favor longer school days.
“If we’re gonna do it, don’t worry about the extension, because it isn’t real,” said Wotruba. “Adding five minutes at the end of the day to make the number of hours? Kids are still losing time in classrooms.”
Wotruba said hopes any days beyond six this season will be forgiven — which WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick says could be controversial were state lawmakers to vote on it.
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