Negative twenty degrees. Thatâ€™s cold, no matter who you are, and it seems even colder when youâ€™re outside waiting for that yellow bus to take you to school.
On Dec. 10, thatâ€™s exactly what Kaneland students had to deal with. The air was cold itself, but when that wind blew; it made you really think why we had school.
And why should we? I know that the school says that at 40Â° below zero is when they can cancel school, but isnâ€™t that just a little too cold?
The students at my bus stop were outside with me that day, waiting to get out of the frigid air. There were moans and groans, but those were drowned out by the sound of teeth chattering uncontrollably. To make matters worse, the buses were late because they were driving slow and cautiously because of the bad road conditions. The main roads, like Route 47 and Keslinger, may have not looked bad, but back roads, like Harter and Watson, were badly plowed and made driving harder than they were already. Some streets in subdivisions hadnâ€™t even been plowed that morning.
It also had to be hard on the bus drivers that are capable of getting kids to school safely in that type of weather. My bus driver rarely looked back at us to see what we were doing, because he was too preoccupied in keeping his eyes on the road. He ended up getting us to school safely, but other people didnâ€™t get where they needed to be quite as safely as we did. I remembered seeing at least two cars stuck in snow or in a ditch, and I heard over the radios that the bus drivers use that there was an accident on Route 47, and that it looked bad.
So that brings me back to the main question in my article, why was school in session? At 20Â° below zero, liquids can freeze over very quickly. Ice covered my driveway, my sidewalk and my road, and Iâ€™m certain that other roads were just the same. The ice made driving conditions very dangerous, and it was just flat out freezing out there. I also wonder whether our school sends teachers out to drive to test the roads to make sure that they arenâ€™t dangerous, because if they do, I really want to know what they thought of the roads that morning.
I guess I just really want to know why. Why did we have school that day? Why were we made to wait for our bus in sub-zero temperature?
But who knows. Maybe, to our district employees who make the decisions, it wasnâ€™t that bad out. Maybe everything the students say are merely exaggerations. I donâ€™t think that those are true, and neither will the other students that had to wait outside for their buses.
Kaneland High School student