Council Rock schools opened on time Tuesday despite frigid temperatures as a result of an Arctic blast.
As of 8:30 a.m., the temperature in Newtown Tuesday was two degrees. Tuesday’s high is predicted to top out at 12 degrees.
According to an email from Council Rock Superintendent Mark Klein, school staff made special preparations to ensure students would get to school safely and on time.
“Staff for First Student were in early to start buses and ensure that our buses were ready to leave on-time. Starting 158 diesel buses is not easy in this acute cold. Thank you to the First Student staff for their good work in preparing our busses for this morning’s travel,” Klein said.
Members of the district’s maintenance team made special preparations to ensure the buildings were warm when students arrived, Klein said in the email.
However, if parents felt it was best to keep their children home due to the cold, Klein said it will be considered an excused absence. “We will also be lenient with tardiness today – understanding that starting vehicles and travel will take longer than usual this morning.”
After school activities will occur as scheduled.