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Parents concerned for students waiting for class outside in cold temperatures

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Issues like Lionel's plagues Shelby County Schools as temperatures stay below freezing in Shelby County. Issues like Lionel's plagues Shelby County Schools as temperatures stay below freezing in Shelby County.
Board member Kevin Woods says they are in a tough position with the inclement weather. Board member Kevin Woods says they are in a tough position with the inclement weather.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Despite the cold weather, class continued for Shelby County students Tuesday. Some parents believe the wait to get to school, out in the freezing temperatures, is unhealthy.

"He did not have on long sleeves; it was actually short sleeves," said Douglass Elementary Principal Lionel Cable giving a bone-chilling description of a student who came to school without a coat Tuesday. "He came into my office, it took him about 15 minutes to warm up because he couldn't feel anything."

Issues like Lionel's plagues Shelby County Schools as temperatures stay below freezing in Shelby County.

Dunbar Elementary Parent Latrice Johnson and other parents say the school's principal will not open the doors for students until 7:45 a.m.

"She be having these kids outside in the cold and I really hate that," said Johnson. "I done talked to her about the kids being outside in this cold weather, and she will tell me that she's just now coming to school, and when she gets here, that's when she's gonna open the doors."

Board member Kevin Woods says they are in a tough position with the inclement weather.

"We have a policy that says the building opened at ten minutes prior to school starting," said Woods. "We have a legal issue whereas we can't have kids in the building if there are no adult supervision in there."

He says they cannot shut down school for each day of excessively cold temperatures.

"I can assure you the superintendent is paying close attention to these situations," said Woods.

Woods says because they are dealing with more than 150,000 students, they are asking parents to be patient with the school system.

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