Oklahoma City Public Schools cancels classes Tuesday

Oklahoma City Public Schools cancels classes Tuesday

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OKLAHOMA CITY -

Students in Oklahoma City will get at least one more day away from the desks and classrooms.

The school district announced around 2:30 Monday that activities for Monday night and classes for Tuesday have been canceled. OKCPS Human Resources Director Rod McKinley said the district tried making the call as early as possible so parents can plan.

"We take this very seriously. We want to be in school but more important than that, we want to make sure our children are safe and secure," McKinley said.

The district cites icy neighborhood streets and below freezing temperatures.

"If it's not safe for our school buses to be running on the streets, and if that puts the children at risk, we're not going to do that," McKinley said.

Mom Sue Lynn Dawkins agreed with the plan.

"I think the kids's safety is first. For kids that have to use the bus system, I mean, I personally would not let my kids ride to school on a bus if they had school tomorrow," she said.

This will be the district's third canceled day following last week's winter storm that dumped several inches of ice and snow on Oklahoma.  The district may cancel up to five days a school year, without need to make up instructional time.

The district said Monday that maintenance crews are hard at work to clean off the school sidewalks and parking lots to make them safe for students.

Check the closing list here to see if your school is on it. It refreshes every five minutes, so check back often for updates.

McKinely said OKCPS is making decisions on closures on a day-by-day basis.  He hoped temperatures will get above freezing Tuesday to allow melting and get students back to school Wednesday.

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