ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) — Officials with Montgomery County Public Schools are facing backlash from parents, students and some teachers after a decision was made to open schools on time despite a frigid cold front setting all-time record-low temperatures across the region.

Many school systems across the region were closed or had delayed openings because of the sub-zero wind chills brought about by a Polar Vortex.

One teacher posted an excerpt from the student rights handbook that outlines weather-related reasons for an excused absence.

A picture posted on Twitter by a student at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac shows students huddled outside as firefighters responded to an alarm at the school. Students were allowed back inside the building within five minutes according to a fire official.

Not all parents are upset, however. A school spokesperson tells WNEW reporter Karen Adams that it was a “fairly normal” morning with few issues at the schools.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.


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