Dec 3, 2013 7:55 PM by Russ Thomas - KPAX News

Missoula schools focus on student safety during cold snap

MISSOULA - The Arctic chill is here, and temperatures are expected to just get colder. That has schools across Western Montana focusing on keep their student's safe and warm.

Target Range School in Missoula sent out a letter to their parents Monday covering what practices they serve when frigid temperatures are in place.

Superintendent Corey Austin says it is important for parents to know that the school is accessible to students before and after school.

Austin says the blanket rule is that if the temperature is ten or below, or if the wind is blowing hard when it's snowing, the kids don't have to go outside for recess.

"We want to make sure we are allowing kids to be outside when they are prepared to be outside and dressed appropriately, but also knowing our facility is warm and welcoming and available."

We checked with Missoula Public Schools who says once the temperature reaches zero, they keep their students inside.

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