The frigid cold has already prompted some Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky school systems to close Friday, including Stewart County, which is working to preserve its supply of propane to heat its schools.
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Metro school bus drivers will report an hour earlier at 4:30 a.m. to have more time to warm up their buses and cut back on problems at the beginning of the school day.
Candice Batts is a concerned parent who says her son, who is in third grade at Bellshire Elementary School in Nashville, has been in a cafeteria without heat.
"It's cold. It's cold out here. It's cold in the schools. My child's also in the after-school program that takes place in the cafeteria," Batts said.
With Metro schools staying open through the cold Thursday, Batts says she's been calling, trying to get answers. The school says they are working on the heating issue in the cafeteria.
"So it's not a good thing that there is no heat in the cafeteria. There needs to be heat in the schools," Batts said.
A Metro schools spokesman says there is an average of 100 HVAC units per campus, and with that many thousands of HVAC units across the district, keeping them working and maintained and running is a constant job for many people.
He said, as of now, there are no widespread issues to report.
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