Districts Close, Regents Exams Still Given

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 1:07 PM EDT

By WKBW News

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 1:07 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Wednesday morning temperatures in the single digits with wind chills and real feels double digits below zero prompting many school districts closed their doors for the second straight day. But despite closing for the sake of student safety, several districts also required its high schoolers to report to class to take regents exams.

Students walk through arctic conditions in South Buffalo, just to take a state test despite the district being closed.

"It's freezing cold out here. I can't feel my hands right now, but I have to go in to take an exam. It's not fair because all the other schools are cancelled but we still have to come in to take our exams in this freezing cold weather," high school senior Davon Bates said.

But several parents we spoke to still supported the district's decision to hold the exams.

"I think it's important that they keep the schools open. These kids have 2 chances to take this test. If they don't pass it now, they get a chance in June to take it. However, they need to take it now so they get that chance because these seniors will not be graduating if they don't get these tests done," Dina Volpe said.

But even some Board of Education members weren't happy with the decision to partially close, especially that it was made after six in the morning.

In an email obtained by Eyewitness News, one board member said "Why did we wait so long? I am already getting calls that kids were standing on corners waiting for buses that weren't coming."

We reached out to the district for comment but did not hear back.