The temperature on the dashboard read -18ºF as I passed by the school bus picking up children at 6:39AM. Near where I live, most parents drive their kids to the bus stop in weather like this.
As I stepped outside my car, my face froze and my hands hurt after about 10 seconds. My thoughts turned to those kids who might actually have to wait outside for the bus, instead of inside of their parents SUV. According to the National Weather Service, frostbite can occur in as little as five minutes when temperatures are between 0ºF and -19ºF.
Yes, the horse has been beaten dead about Tuesday’s snow day. However, if our standard is ensuring that children can safely use the bus, a morning like this seems equally, if not more, dangerous.