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I would like to know why on Jan. 23, when the temperature was below zero and classes were called off in all major school districts in the state of Kansas because of the frigid weather, the Lawrence school district decided to send the children out in the cold weather.

Rick Gammill, the district's director of transportation, safety and facilities planning, said the decision to have school Jan. 23 was made after an inspection of road conditions and review of weather forecasts.

District policy permits a parent to keep children at home if he or she believes conditions are unsafe, Gammill said.

Not all districts called off classes. In addition to Lawrence, classes were conducted in Eudora, Baldwin and Topeka. Classes were called off in Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley districts.

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