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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The crazy, sub-zero cold prompted dozens of school districts to cancel school Wednesday.

But what factors play into that decision?

"It's really about the safety of the kids," said Dr. Jane Lindaman, superintendent for Waterloo Schools.

Lindaman said before they make the call to cancel, she checks the forecast and confers with the Cedar Falls superintendent.

Ideally, they like to make the decision the night before, so parents can prepare.

"I'm a parent, too," said Lindaman.

But, once they're confident the weather will stay nasty, it's time to notify parents.

"In this case, with the cold weather, it really was about the fact that we have quite a few walkers, and we want to make sure they're not freezing out there," Lindaman said.

With schools closed, the Cedar Valley SportsPlex was packed with kids Wednesday afternoon.

"It was crazy, but it was a good crazy," said Mark Gallagher, Sports Manager for Waterloo.

Dodie Young brought her three boys to blow off some steam. She said spending all day at home was getting to be a bit much.

"A lot of energy to burn," she said. "It's just too cold to be outside in the snow."

Still, even with chaos in her house, she was still glad her children weren't braving the elements.

"I knew the schools would make the right decision," she said. "We just can't be outside, it's just too dangerous."

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