Illinois schools cancel, Iowa schools don’t in QC area

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The Quad City metro area was divided on whether to have school Tuesday, January 28th, 2014.

Bettendorf, Davenport, and Pleasant Valley Schools all started with a two hour delay Tuesday while schools in Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline all canceled class.

Davenport Community Schools spokeswoman Dawn Saul says the district decided to have school Tuesday because the wind chill warning was lifted at 9 a.m.

Rock Island-Milan spokeswoman Holly Sparkman says her district knew about the warning, but officials still thought it was too cold for students to be outside.

Iowa school bus drivers had to react appropriately to the news. Bus workers had to get in as early as 3 a.m. to start up the buses at the Durham School Services building in Davenport.

Due to the two-hour delay, bus drivers were to pick up Davenport school children two hours later than their normal bus time. Drivers started picking up students around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Related: Burlington School District’s decision creates ruckus


  • JWS

    I remember growing up, I’m in my mid 30s, one morning in the late 80s in 6th grade it was -22 one morning and guess what…we had school. It was brutal. That was the actual air temp, don’t remember what the wind chill was. Also rarely had school cancelled for anything less than 8″ of snow either. Kids today are babied WAY to much. I’m assuming most school districts now are concerned with sue happy parents and that’s why they cancel more…pretty sad. Stop babying kids and they will be just fine.

    • Jen Vandevoord

      No, it’s not babying, it’s concern for peoples’ safety. Good for you that you survived ungodly temps, doesn’t mean other people want to. That’s why they provide snow days for schools, so it can be cancelled during such times. Glad you’re not the one in charge of deciding whether school stays open in frostbite conditions!

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