School Closing Due to Weather
Making the decision to close school is difficult and challenging with many factors incorporated into that decision. Safety of students is, of course, the first priority in making such a decision. There are many factors that enter into the decision to close school; temperature, winds, snowfall, drifting snow, and whether temperatures and/or snowfall are expected to increase or decrease during the course of the school day. The decision to close school is not taken lightly as it impacts student learning, parent schedules, child supervision, as well as staff. In general, being in school is a priority.
In regards to temperature, the rough guidelines for closing school at the St. Croix Central School District will be approximately -25 to -30 below actual temperature and -35 to -40 below sustained wind chill. Again, when temperatures are near these ranges, closing school will be considered with all other weather factors integrated into that decision. Keep in mind that discrepancies in forecasts and posted temperatures, as well as other weather related factors make it difficult to have a hard and fast rule.
For some parents, families, and situations the safest option may be for their child to be in school while other families may decide that it is safest for their child to remain home, go to daycare, go to a relative’s house or provide their own transportation that day. Parents have the discretion to keep their child home on days that they deem the weather unsafe for their child to attend school even if school is in session. The bottom line is that parents have choices and the SCC School District supports that.
As the decision to close school impacts so many families, it is important the decision be made with the most current information available. Forecasts, while done with the best information available, can change quickly and may not always provide a true picture of what will actually happen. To that point, in most cases the decision to close school will be made the morning of the closing. The decision will be made and posted on Twin Cities news channels by 5:30 a.m. with an email and voice message scheduled at 5:45 a.m.
Submitted by: Superintendent Tim Widiker