"We're just chilling out," said Ryaen Shea of Middlebury.
Chilling out is right. Ryaen Shea is one Addison County student who had the day off when school officials deemed Wednesday too cool for school with wind chills down to 30 below. All three supervisory unions in that county closed all of the 24 elementary and high schools for the day. Shea said she didn't mind when she found out she wouldn't be heading to class.
"Um, because it was really very cold," Shea said.
Representatives from Addison Central Supervisory Union tell us they made the decision Tuesday to cancel school Wednesday when they heard the projected wind chill could be down to 40 below and they felt those conditions were unsafe for students to be walking to school or waiting for buses.
School officials also say another concern is mechanical failure; during these conditions there is a risk of buses getting delayed or breaking down.
First-grader Carson Weisser spent the day having a hot lunch with his mom at McDonald's in Middlebury.
"It was freezing and my crazy brother is out there snowboarding at Sugarbush," Carson said.
He says the chilly temperatures will have him staying indoors.
"I just stay inside and play video games for five hours or so," Carson said.
Addison County officials say the cancellation was a precautionary measure. Forecasters say school cancellations due to severe wind chill happen in the region occasionally, about once or twice per year.
Addison County school officials have not yet decided if classes will resume Thursday.
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