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District of Columbia Public Schools open today despite bitter cold

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District of Columbia Public Schools opened today at 8 a.m. on the coldest school morning in recent history. With temperature listed as 7 degrees parents were asked to dress their children warmly to begin the first day of the 2013-2014 school year.

Mayor Vincent Gray issued a statement to ask District of Columbia residents to look out for their neighbors in the coldest weather the District of Columbia has experienced in decades. The District of Columbia Public School buildings are warm and provide school meals for many students.

"District of Columbia Public Schools will be open tomorrow, January 7. Roads are expected to be clear, as there is no precipitation in the forecast. Parents should dress their students appropriately to stay warm in the very cold temperatures on their way to and from school. All school buildings are ready to receive students tomorrow, including fully-functioning heat and school meals available for students," said a statement to city residents.

"School buildings will be open early at 8:00 a.m. to accommodate students who arrive early and principals will ensure students are allowed to wait inside until the day begins at 8:45, at most schools. Parents, as always, have the option to keep their student at home, should they choose to do so. We look forward to beginning the second half of the 2013-2014 school year," DCPS said.

“The District will see temperatures tonight and tomorrow that we haven’t seen in years – and such extreme cold can have deadly consequences for those who are exposed to it even for a short period of time. Please be on the lookout for those who might be vulnerable, and take advantage of the many resources the District offers to keep people safe and warm,” Gray said

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