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Subzero temperatures caused schools to close, but some stayed open

PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) - Thursday's subzero temperatures prompted many Tri-States schools to cancel classes, but a few decided to stay open.

Palmyra Senior High was one that decided to go about its regular day.

Superintendent Eric Churchwell says the buses are housed inside, so they knew they would start. He doesn't worry much about the bus drivers, because he says they have great drivers.

"We did have a plan where if we did have a bus that had problems, the bus driver was going to call in," Churchwell said. "We had other buses ready and running and ready to go so if there was a problem, we knew we could get a bus there pretty quickly."

Churchwell says he does worry about the student drivers, who may be inexperienced in winter weather.

"Had it been snowing this morning.... probably wouldn't have had school," Churchwell said. "You put the extreme cold with those road conditions and it's probably not a good combination. So we probably wouldn't have had school. But you know, it was clear and the forecast was clear. The roads were in good shape."

Churchwell says the high school and middle school buildings have automated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems that start up before anyone arrives to get the school warm.

Churchwell also says when it came to making the decision, he consulted the maintenance director and other superintendents in the area.
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