Severe Weather and School Closings

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Jan162016

Severe Weather and School Closings

 

A message from Dr. Claire Martin.........

A question that many people ask me – especially during the cold winter months is, "How cold does it have to be in order to close school?" Although there really is no "hard and fast" rule, the general standard/guideline that the Chilton Public Schools follow for school closings due to severe cold and wind chills is: -20 degrees temperature, and/or with sustained wind chills of -35 and below. There needs to be some point at which this decision is made. This is the guideline that I follow when making the decision for school cancellations or delays due to severely cold temperatures and/or wind chills.

Additionally, it is important to note that when students are in attendance at school during the winter months, they do not go outdoors for recess whenever wind chills or temperatures are below zero.

It is also important to remember that parents always have the final say on whether or not to send their child(ren) to school on inclement weather days. In the current School District calendar, that is mailed out to all District residences in late August/early September, a notice on the calendar states, "Please remember that it remains the decision of the parent/guardian to determine if weather conditions are safe enough for their child, or children, to attend school."

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