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Dangerously cold temps close BG, Monroe schools

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There was no school on Tuesday for thousands of students in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan because of the dangerous subzero wind chill.

School districts that closed include Bowling Green, Monroe, Eastwood, and Otsego. Superintendents say they made the call for the health and safety of the kids.

From wind turbines to whirligigs, the subzero wind chill whipped up an arctic blast forcing thousands of students to have an unexpected day off of school.

"It's pretty awesome," says Justin Brown, a senior at Bowling Green High School.

Some kids in BG spent the day at the Rec Center, most after sleeping in, of course.

"And then I did a lot of homework and then I took a nap and now I'm going to work out before going out to dinner with the family," says Brown.

Ann McVey, the Superintendent of the Bowling Green School District, made the call to close last night to give parents time to plan, affecting 3,200 students.

McVey says buses in BG travel two thousand miles a day. That's like driving from Toledo to Florida and back.

"I was very concerned about children standing at the bus stop and children walking to school," says McVey.

In Monroe you can see steam coming off the water as you drive into town along La Plaisance Road. As the water laps against the shore, it's quickly forming ice.

At 4:30 Tuesday morning the Superintendent of Monroe Public Schools made the call to close.

"We have a district policy that whenever the wind chills will be 15 degrees below zero or lower we do close," says Bob Vergiels, spokesperson for Monroe Public Schools.

More than six thousand kids in the district had the day off. Roughly two-thirds of them ride the bus.

"That means they're outside," says Vergiels. "We don't want them to have to be outside in this weather."

Four-year-old Bailey Goltowski's dad showed up at Riverside to drop his pre-schooler off just before noon.

"I didn't know it was canceled. I should've watched the TV," says Colin Goltowski.

At least one BG senior will certainly be watching the news Tuesday night.

"I'm really hoping we have another snow day. That'd be awesome. A snow-slash-cold day," says Brown.

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