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School calls off classes but not sporting event

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The basketball rivalry between Saginaw High School and Saginaw Arthur Hill is a must-see and the sold-out stands at Tuesday night's game agree.

But this game happened on the same day classes were canceled because of the extreme cold.

Should it have?

"Standing outside waiting for the bus is totally different that trying to get to a sporting event. And we want to get this game over with. It was scheduled for today and let the games go," said parent Mary Babers.

"We're standing in the building watching the games having fun and there's a lot of heat generated in here," said parent Maryann Matthews.

The parents TV5 talked to at the game didn't have a problem with it, but that might not be the case for everyone.

So we spoke to Saginaw's Deputy Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and asked her the tough question of how is the decision is made.

"It is inter-district play. So we're not asking another school district to uproot if they don't want to. This is our rivalry, our families, and our community celebrating a big game," said Dixon.

Dixon said this is decision is based off the fact that the game is not a mandatory event and children won't be forced to be outside for extended periods of time.

"We know with ticket sales that families bring their kids out. So we didn't have to worry about students walking to the game, they come with their families, their friends, they're wrapped up, they're warm," said Dixon.

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