While classes were suspended in several schools in the country because of the cold and blizzard, other children are forced to walk for miles in the freezing cold to get to school. The Education Ministry announced yesterday that classes had been suspended in 180 schools in 16 counties, six of which, including counties Alba, Botosani and Constanta, were facing more serious problems. The school in Intorsura Buzaului (which was in fact crowned the “pole of cold” in Romania) also suspended classes as of yesterday owing to record temperatures. However, other schools are continuing their activity despite the cold, while some pupils are forced to walk for miles to school. This is the case for two brothers in a snow-buried village in Brasov County who have to walk as much as five kilometres through the snowy woods and biting cold to get to school. On the other hand, Antena 3 reports, a school bus stands parked outside the mayor’s office, waiting for a driver to be hired. According to “Evenimentul zilei”, four boys aged seven to eight from Runcu Mare, Hunedoara County, walk eight kilometres to school and back every day.