Superintendent defends opening school Thursday

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Despite the frigid temperatures, most area school districts did hold class Thursday.

NewsChannel 5's Stephanie Diffin went to find out why some schools opened, but others closed.

Dr. Eric Knost, superintendent of the Mehlville School District says there's no doubt it's cold, but winter happens. He encouraged everyone to bundle up and come to class.

The district took to Facebook to remind parents to drive students to the bus stop if possible, and wear appropriate clothing. Then, after some people voiced concern, Dr. Knost also posted a message on Facebook.

The message explained how he monitored the weather conditions throughout the night. Since the wind calmed down early Thursday morning, he knew it would be safe to hold school. He says the district did not have any incidents as a result of the cold.

Dr. Knost says the district's number one priority is safety. If that's not at risk, the students' education is the most important part of the job.


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