Kids Keep Warm After Early Dismissal


Students in Sioux Falls enjoy a few extra hours at home Tuesday after an early dismissal.

We stopped by Patrick Henry Middle School and noticed some kids were bundled up and running to get from the school to their ride home, while others took a more leisurely pace. We talked with parents and students about how they plan to spend these cold winter days.

As kids leave Patrick Henry Middle School, parents line up outside to take home some pumped up students.

Sammi Bjelland: Were your kids excited about today?
Tami Burkard: Oh yeah! My daughter was just jumping for joy! 

With the extreme cold, parents have been spending more time indoors with their kids, which means everyone has to get creative.

“It’s always thinking of planning ahead something. We’re members at the Washington Pavilion, too. I take them down there and check out the arts,” Burkard said. 

“Usually they’re pretty good. They stick to themselves. They don’t fight too much. Well, that’s an understatement, but uh,” parent Matt Hanson said. 

Despite the sibling rivalry, Hanson is excited about this extra time with his kids.

“Usually I’m out of town when the cold weather snaps. Usually we have to stay outside and work, but got pretty fortunate this week. So took today off and took tomorrow off as well,” Hanson said.

Bjelland: So this is kind of a perk you get to hang with the kids?
Hanson: A very good perk. I’ll take it! Haha! 

Even though the parents say it is miserable outside, the kids actually don’t seem to think it’s that bad.

“I didn’t think it was that cold today, actually. I don’t mind the coldness,” 11-year-old Avery Barck said. 

Barck may not hate the winter, but she and her family still don’t plan to spend the rest of the day in the great outdoors.

Bjelland: So what do you guy going to do with this early dismissal?
9 year-old Kale Meyer: I’m just going to sit at my house and relax.
8-year-old Dawson Barck: We’re going to get hot chocolate.
Avery: Yeah, I’m just going to relax at my house. 

Which really, sounds pretty good after a day like this.

We also asked the kids if they wanted more snow days or to get out earlier in the summer. The boys, Dawson and Kale, say they want a longer summer, while Avery says she wants both. 

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