Schools Take Steps to Keep Students Warm

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It has been an unusually cold winter, and kids can be especially vulnerable to the cold. Some school districts are doing what they can to keep their students warm.

The frigid temperatures that have gripped much of country are not letting up. Below zero wind chills can be especially hard on children. Yet some schools have seen students come to class still unprepared for the elements.

"We do have some children that are more in need and don't have a lot of winter wear because it does happen so seldomly that we have the cold temperatures," said Kristina Snow, principal of Teravista Elementary School in Round Rock, Texas.

Snow has taken steps to make sure her students are safe from the cold.

"We don't normally open our doors until 7:15, but we're going to make special accommodations for the next two days to have at least part of the building open to the children can come inside out of the elements," Snow added.

She has also cancelled recess until the weather warms up.

"We're probably not going to be going out for the next two days with the forecast as cold as it's going to be, we will be staying inside and staying warm," Snow continued

The cold weather has forced school closings in some parts of the country, but for kids who must venture out, experts stress to parents the importance of bundling up the little ones -- at least until the deep freeze is over.

"Especially infants and young children have a larger head proportional to their body so you can lose a lot of heat through your head so warm hats are very important," explained Dr. Jody Henson of Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock. 

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