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Students, parents share mixed opinions on Garland, Mesquite ISDs holding classes

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Most major school districts canceled classes Monday because of slick or icy roads, but Garland and Mesquite were among the few that did not, and surprisingly, the opinions on the school day were mixed.

"I would've rather been home in the warm," said Naudica Reese, an eighth grader at Bussey Middle School in Garland.

With morning temperatures in the 30s, Reese had a rough 15-minute walk to school.

"I slipped like five times," she said.

Garland ISD's superintendent and heads of security and transportation drove around at 2:30 a.m. Monday to determine if the roads were safe enough for kids to get to school.

They all agreed they were, even if parents did not.

There are roughly 58,000 students in Garland ISD. On a normal day, there is 96 percent attendance. Monday, there was 92 percent, based on preliminary estimates.

"They don't want to come to school today," said Alejandra Garcia, parent of a Garland ISD student.

Not every parent thought going back to school was a bad idea. For some, patience started to wear thin after three days inside

"It is hard keeping them entertained, and we didn't have power Friday, so we had no TV, no internet," said Becky Sheffield, a Garland ISD parent.

Boredom enticed another Mesquite Poteet freshman to get to class before the bell rang.

"I was really happy because I was bored on Friday because we didn't have anything to do," said Destiny Arroyo. "I just didn't want to actually learn."

Both Garland and Mesquite will have class Tuesday.

To see a list of school closures, click here.  

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