Edgar County school remains open during arctic temps

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An Edgar County School District was in the minority when they decided not to cancel school despite near record setting wind chills.

Chrisman Schools were open Wednesday,but the decision wasn’t just a way to keep kids in class. The district also wanted to make sure students were fed.

Over 40 percent of the students in the district are on free and reduced lunches, which is why board members decided students would be better off in school, so they could at least have breakfast and lunch.

With just over 50 percent of the total student body in attendance today, the district didn’t see the results they were hoping for.

“In our Junior high example, of the 28 kids who are absent, 26 of them are on free and reduced lunch,”Interim Superintendent Jim Acklin said. “And so, at least with the junior high, we didn’t accomplish what we had hoped as far as that warm place to stay and getting those students in that demographic an opportunity for a couple meals.”

Any absence that was called in today due to parents’ concerns about the weather was considered excused.

Acklin said he will take the statistics to the board to decide if they will make the same decision next time.

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