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Montgomery County parents upset about school start time

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WHITE OAK, Md. (WJLA) - On a blistering and dangerously cold Tuesday, Montgomery County public schools were some of the few in the area that actually opened their doors on time. Students literally ran into class to get away from the cold.

Many parents are being very vocal about the superintendent's decision. It was an unpopular one to say the least.

"It's kind of dangerous out there," said George Hawkins, a parent. "I see some kids standing at the bus stop...too cold. It's just too cold."

The majority of children who walk or wait for a school bus were dropped off by their parents at Cresthaven Elementary, where the pond in front of the school was frozen solid. Some even showed up late, thanks to the grueling frigid weather.

The school system's spokesperson tells ABC7 they made it very clear to parents on Monday that they would open on time Tuesday morning. But Tuesday saw a fair share of problems. A handful of buses broke down, two schools started the day with no power and at White Oak Middle School, frozen pipes burst, causing water to gush into the school.

Yet ABC7 did find some parents who decided to drop their kids off, but didn't mind the normal start on this arctic like day.

"It's just cold and they're going inside to a warm building," said Angela Grosjean, a parent. "To me it doesn't make any difference."

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