Cache Valley schools delayed for third day in a row

FILE PHOTO - school busses line up next to a school in the Cache County School District. Photo courtesy of the Cache County School District

LOGAN — For the third day in a row, most schools throughout Cache Valley will delay the beginning of classes Wednesday morning as the area continues to deal with extremely cold temperatures. It also comes as the National Weather Service warned of dangerously cold wind chills expected, as low as 30 below zero.

The late start impacts all schools in the Cache County and Logan City school districts.

Meanwhile, Utah State University announced Tuesday night that the college would resume normal operating hours, with all classes starting on time Wednesday.

For students in Cache County schools, classes will start two hours later than normal. There will be no AM preschool or kindergarten. PM Kindergarten will start at the normal time and All Day Kindergarten will still be held, beginning at 11:00 AM. Students should be at bus stops two hours later than the bus would normally arrive. BTECH buses will not run in the morning and those students will not be penalized for being absent.

For students in the Logan City School District, all schools will be operating on a 2 hour delay. Elementary schools and Logan High will begin at 10 a.m. and Mt. Logan Middle School will start at 10:50 a.m. Buses will run on the same schedule as they did Monday and Tuesday.

A message to parents of the Cache County School District said school officials believe that the best place for students on a school day, is in school learning in-person, not online. In addition, in Utah, for every day missed, administrators have to make that day up somewhere else in the school year calendar.

“With the priority of having students in school in mind,” the statement read, “we want to ensure we can get students safely to and from school. Starting a few hours later these last few mornings has helped tremendously to ensure our bus fleet is ready for pick-up. Starting later also allows our staff and parents to have more time in daylight if they run into individual difficulties.”

In an email to parents, Logan City School District spokesperson Shana Longhurst said the past two days have included unexpected cold rooms, frozen pipes, and power outages at some schools as students arrived. She thanked those who had worked feverishly to help with student safety, communicated with parents, warmed buildings, fed students and so much more.

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