How to Prepare for Freezing Temperatures

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Freezing temperatures in northwest Arkansas will make for cold commutes to school and work. Health website Contra Costa wants to make sure you’re prepared.

-Wear several lightweight layers instead of one heavy duty layer. The outer layers should be waterproof.

-Wear mittens since they tend to be warmer than gloves.

-Keep your head warm with a hat. 

-Wear a scarf around your mouth to protect your lungs.

For Springdale students who may not have these items, district nurses have them covered. 

“I would advise any parent that says, ‘Well I can’t afford to get my kid a coat,’ talk to their school nurse,” said Rick Schaeffer, communications director for Springdale Public Schools. “They’re in charge of our pantry, and they’ll make sure they’ll get them something warm to wear.”

Schaeffer went on to say that when it comes to cold temperatures, as long as the roads are in good condition, things will be business as usual. 

“We’ve never cancelled school because of temperature,” Schaeffer said. “We’ve been in the single digits at times in the morning when people are catching the bus. I know that’s uncomfortable. But we again we haven’t cancelled school.”

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