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Districts canceling school for extreme cold

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Many school districts across Eastern Iowa are canceling class for Wednesday, Jan. 7, citing extreme cold.

Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Waterloo and Iowa City public schools are among those that have announced closures. For a full list, click here.

These decisions come after forecasts show temperatures dipping well below zero overnight. When it's that cold, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in just minutes.

"Essential custodial and maintenance and grounds employees are still expected to report to their work sites per their regular schedule," wrote Marcia Hughes, Cedar Rapids Schools Community Relations Supervisor.

District officials met around 7 p.m. to make the call.

"We make the decision as soon as possible, given the conditions and variables we have to consider," said Laurel Day, Assistant to the Cedar Rapids Superintendent.

They're not alone, either.

"We made the decision around 7 p.m. to close for tomorrow due to the cold," said Michael Cyze, Director of School and Community Relations for the Dubuque School District.

Waterloo Schools have also announced a Wednesday closure.

"Cold poses a different threat than snow, but safety of the children is still the number one consideration," said Tara Thomas of Waterloo Schools. "We are monitoring changes in the forecast and will make a decision factoring in windchill and temperature, among other things."

Thomas said they also consult with the Cedar Falls district, to make a unified closure decision.

Stay with KWWL for updates on this developing story.

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