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Dixon takes day off due to cold conditions
DIXON, Mo. (Jan. 15, 2009) — Bone-chilling cold prompted Dixon Superintendent Dawna Burrow to give about a thousand Dixon students a day off from school Thursday, even though other Pulaski County districts remained open.

Concern for student safety prompted the decision, Burrow said, not any mechanical problems with heat in the school buildings.

“Between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. this morning when it was time for me to make the call, they were reporting that it was a 13-below windchill factor and I made the judgment call that I didn’t believe we needed students out in that,” Burrow said.

Thursday is the district’s third bad-weather day; two prior days were missed before Christmas due to snow and ice conditions on the roadways.

“As of right now, the two days we missed before Christmas we had already built into our calendar to make them up,” Burrow said. “From now on, any other days we can start using spring break or tack them on the end, whichever is deemed the most educationally sound option.”

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