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UPDATE: Madison Metro schools closed Tuesday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Metropolitan School District says its schools will be closed Tuesday, due to extreme cold and a Wind Chill Warning. All events at schools will be canceled, as well.

Monday though, Madison students were in class. MMSD officials say they base cold-related cancellations around warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service. 

A wind chill advisory was in effect Monday morning, but not a warning, so the district made the decision to stay open for parents who rely on the warm, safe place to send their kids every day.

"We don't want to take that option away from families, unless there is really no choice or no possible means of operating the school district," says Assistant Superintendent Mike Barry.
 
Many parents were shocked to see MMSD remain open because most other schools in the area closed.
 
"I think it's dangerous," says Kelli Burrell, a parent whose child attends Orchard Ridge Elementary School. "I know they're not going out for recess, but we still have kids that have to wait for the bus or they have to walk or they have to find transportation."
 
MMSD says 30 percent of students were absent Monday. Parents who did send their kids, took extra precautions, bundling children up more than usual and making sure someone was there to pick them up after school.
 
"They don't play outside, so inside the school it's OK, it's warm," says Orchard Ridge parent Fernando Martinez.
 
Barry tells 27 News many other rural districts were forced to close because of longer bus routes, which are more affected by drifting snow but Madison is a more urban district with neighborhood schools so kids don't have to travel as far.
 
A wind chill advisory is in effect as of 9 p.m. Monday night, so MMSD will close schools Tuesday.
 
This will be the third day this school year that has been canceled for weather, which means students will have to make up the lost time. Barry says they'll look at the calendar and see where time can be added. Options include adding minutes to each day, adding a full day or eliminating half days.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Students at the Madison Metropolitan School District still attended class Monday, despite the bitter cold.

The district posted on the MMSD website Sunday night that schools would be open Monday because there was not a wind chill warning in place. The district reminded parents to make sure their children are dressed appropriately for the weather.

"When making weather-related decisions, we consult with local meteorologists, the city streets department, our bus companies and our facilities management. With that information, we make a decision that we believe is responsible and in the best interest of all of our students. However, we always encourage families to make a decision that is best for your child," the district says in a statement.

We'll hear from district officials tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6 about how they reach these decisions and what plans are for Tuesday, which is expected to be even colder.

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