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School districts prepare for freezing temps on Thursday

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JCPS Chief Operating Officer Dr. Michael Raisor says before any delays or cancellations would be announced, the wind chill or air temperature have to be 15 below zero. JCPS Chief Operating Officer Dr. Michael Raisor says before any delays or cancellations would be announced, the wind chill or air temperature have to be 15 below zero.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- No one should be standing outside in dangerous conditions -- let alone children -- and JCPS says the main concern is keeping the kids safe.

JCPS Chief Operating Officer Dr. Michael Raisor says before any delays or cancellations would be announced, the wind chill or air temperature have to be 15 below zero.

That number, he says, is deemed unsafe by the health department.

"Kids would be at the bus stop and they'd be in danger," Dr. Raisor said.

Delays are called if the temperature is expected to rise.

JCPS crews will be out at three a.m. Thursday morning, making sure the buses work and have heat.

"It's gonna be cold," Raisor said. "We're not dismissing that fact, so everyone should really bundle up."

Even federal employees are taking that advice.

"I'm fine, but I'm used to it," mail carrier Dustin Grabil said.

He's been a mail carrier for three years.

"I'm wearing a coat with insulate, and I've got an undershirt underneath that and my gloves wearing thick pants with long underwear on and three layers of socks," Grabil explained.

Doctors say layers are key because it only takes minutes for your body to have a bad reaction.

"The most obvious being hypothermia," Doctor Joshua T Honaker said, that's when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees.

Symptoms of hypothermia include confusion, slurred speech, tiredness and shivering. There's also the risk of frostbite.

"Your skin can become white, it can become black, and it can be hard and you know if you have numbness and you cannot feel your skin," Honaker said.

So if your kids are at a bus stop, they need to be bundled up. JCPS says heating the schools is not an issue and if it doesn't get cold enough, learning must continue.

"If the wind's blowing every once in a while and it's flirting around that number, that's probably not going to cancel school, but if we know that it's going to be cold and it's going to stay cold, and gonna be dangerous for kids to be outside, we definitely don't want to put them in danger," Raisor said.

Greater Clark County Schools and Floyd County Schools are already on a two hour delay, JCPS will make the decision around 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning.

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