Despite Cold Temps Ellicottville School Does Not Close

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM EDT

By WKBW News

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM EDT

Despite today’s frigid temperatures and bitter wind chill, Ellicottville Central School remained open.

Ellicottville was one of the only Western New York schools open today, and Superintendent Mark Ward tells Eyewitness News it was the right call.

“I would only have school open if I felt the conditions warranted it,” said Ward. “I would not jeopardize the safety of our students or our staff, and I don’t believe I did that today.”

Ward says that since Ellicottville doesn’t have any “walking” students, wind chill temperatures are not a factor.

“We don’t have students who walk to school and we don’t have pickups where kids walk to pickup spots,” Ward told Eyewitness News. “We pick every student up in front of his or her home. Really, our situation is much different than maybe anyone else in Western New York.

As of Monday night, parents and students knew that school was open.

“Last evening, I send via out phone system to all our families instructions that we would be open today,” said Ward. “I told our parents that we would be asking them to keep their kids inside until they either see the bus or the bus is in front of their home.”

Due to the bitter wind chills expected for tomorrow, many schools are already calling off. Check our closings here.