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A Note from Superintendent Chuck Sincere

A Note from Superintendent Chuck Sincere

School Closing Information: Cold Weather

We closely monitor the weather forecast for snow and extremely cold temperatures throughout the winter months. The website we trust most for weather information is www.weather.gov. When the decision to close school is made, the information will first appear on my Twitter feed. You can follow me at Chuck Sincere (@sp_sincere). In addition, parents will receive a phone call, and the information will be posted on our website and all major local news stations. Whenever possible, the decision to close school will be made the previous evening. However, closings may be announced as late as 6 a.m. depending on a variety of factors.

There is not a specific temperature policy for the schools, but we use the National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart as a guide, based on their methodology found there. In addition, we closely monitor road conditions and the ability of our buses to run on time. We will most likely have school if the temperatures remain in the lightest blue color on the chart and the buses are running on time. However, it is not uncommon for us to close when the wind chill is -15 or colder for a sustained period of time. We make decisions that are in the best interest of our students with safety as our number one priority.

Parents know their children best. If parents are concerned for their children's safety getting to and from school or activities, we respect their right to keep them home.

When the Springfield Schools are closed for weather, all evening activities in the elementary, intermediate and junior high school buildings are cancelled. High school activities may take place depending on the weather throughout the day. In addition, pre-school classes are cancelled and community groups scheduled to use school facilities on "snow days" (e.g., youth athletic leagues, Scouts, etc.) will have their events cancelled.

Go Spartans!

 

Chuck Sincere
Superintendent
Springfield Local Schools