School district keeping an eye on cold forecast

School district keeping an eye on cold forecast

According to the National Weather Service, wind chills could reach negative 55 in northern IL, which could lead to hypothermia, frostbite and death in extreme cases.

"For student safety we know within ten minutes or more, exposed skin at those temperatures, that's when you start to see frostbite", said Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Bill Saunders.

Peel District School Board: All schools and offices have been closed for today.

After meeting with the Hancock County EMA officials this afternoon regarding the inclement weather forecast, the decision has been made for Hancock County School District schools to remain open tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29th.

It's important that we work together to make sure students are prepared to go to school in cold weather.

We encourage you to remind children to dress warmly. Parent Centers can be reached by phone at the numbers listed on our website at buffaloschools.org. When the National Weather Service issues wind chill advisories between -15 and -25 degrees, the Buffalo Public Schools will strongly consider closing.

And, as for whether superintendents are more likely to cancel school now, compared to a generation ago, Dr. Gothard pointed to improved forecasting and weather information. The district also called off classes on Monday.

John Skretta says cancelling for snow and cancelling for wind chill are very different processes.

Due to the two-day cancelation, CPS said they intend to add two additional days to the end of the school year to "ensure students receive the full 178 instructional days on the district's calendar". Principals & assistant principals should report to their school.

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