It's a chilly morning at Bo Manor middle and high schools.
According to Perry Willis, executive director for support services for Cecil County Public Schools, one of two boilers in the building wasn't working earlier today, Tuesday, January 5. That boiler has since been restored and staff are currently monitoring temperatures in the building. Some of the interior temperatures are in the low 60s.
"What's ideal is that we want to keep kids in school. But if we can't keep the boiler running, we would dismiss them," said Willis. "We do everything we can to get the boiler up and running and get the loop temperature up. But it's a big building. It will take a while (to warm up)."
A school system boiler technician worked at the school to get the boiler running and was successful.
Willis fielded phone calls from concerned parents.
"Some kids are more tolerant to the cold than others. Parents have the ability to take students home if the students are uncomfortable. The principal will work with them on absences," said Willis.
He also said if the area wasn't experiencing extremely low temperatures such as the 16 degrees which was recorded in that area this morning, one boiler could keep up.
While the boiler was being worked on and while the staff was waiting for the building to warm up, students are permitted to wear coats and sweatshirts.
"About 9 a.m. the building was in the low 60s. We should be comfortable by 11:30 or noon," said Willis.