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Most schools taking 'wait and see' approach for closings

Most schools taking 'wait and see' approach for closings

By Michele Fiore. CREATED Jan 24, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 24, 2014

MILWAUKEE - The last time we had below zero temps, Milwaukee public schools took two days off with plenty of notice.  This Monday is a regularly scheduled day off for MPS, with the exception of year-round schools, which are still on. The rest of the public schools haven't yet decided.  

Many superintendents plan to discuss their options with each other and come back with a decision over the weekend.  As we wait to learn what they'll do, St. Anthony's on the south side has already announced school's closed Monday to protect students. About 40 percent walk to school.
 
“Unfortunately, I do see some kids that just have a sweater or you know, maybe not appropriately fitted, and it’s just a shame that maybe they don’t have you know, the proper clothing or you know what I mean." said Humberto Lopez, the father of student.
 
"And it's really really cold and it's better for them to close the school 'cause they get sick and then they miss school," said Maria Gonzalez, mother of a student.
 
If St. Anthony's has to shut down on Tuesday, that would start to cut into summer vacation. 

"But you know, if we continue to close, we will consider that we will be in need of making up those days," said Ramon Cruz, principal of St. Anthony's.

A number of other school districts also fall into that category including Racine, Kenosha, Sheboygan, Cedarburg Belgium and Elmbrook schools.
Michele Fiore

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Michele Fiore joined TODAY’S TMJ4 in 2013 after spending two years as a part-time reporter/anchor for our sister station, Newsradio 620 WTMJ.