Is Cold Weather a Poor Excuse to Cancel Classes?

Administrators will decide Sunday whether or not to close suburban schools Monday because of possible below-zero temperatures. Is this a good idea?

Should schools close because of below-zero temperatures? | Credit: File Photos
Should schools close because of below-zero temperatures? | Credit: File Photos
Ever since the National Weather Service forecasted that temperatures in the Chicago area could reach 5 below to 15 below zero early this week, administrators for school districts throughout the region have been monitoring weather reports, deciding whether or not to cancel classes Monday because of the extreme cold.

Chicago Public Schools announced Saturday that schools will be open Monday and Tuesday, but parents are being told to use their own judgment on whether it's too cold for their children to attend, the Chicago Tribune reports

Most suburban school districts, however, won't make a decision about closing schools until Sunday evening. Many of these schools have been on winter break since the end of December, and Monday would mark the first day back.

According to the message posted on the Libertyville Elementary District 70 website, "Keeping the safety of our students and staff as a priority, we are monitoring the weather closely. As is protocol, local superintendents will conference Sunday evening to determine how severe temperatures might affect school on Monday. An AlertNow phone message, as well as announcements on the district website and social media sites, will be posted in the event school is cancelled."

Do you think below-zero temperatures are a good enough reason for schools to cancel classes? Or do you think that sends the wrong message to kids? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Jim Stewart January 04, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Sustained subzero temperatures coupled with significant wind chill are considered potentially life threatening conditions. Far from a wrong message, a decision to cancel classes under such conditions is consistent with what we regularly teach our children - safety first.
Mary Carol January 05, 2014 at 10:41 AM
I agree with Mr. Stewart. Children walk to school or wait at bus stops in that cold weather. Not all parents are able to drive their students to school. Many of our teachers and staff have a long trip to make early in the morning when it is likely to be very cold.
Sean G. January 05, 2014 at 06:27 PM
The wussification of America continues. All one needs to do is dress right and be prepared, it's not like we are a rural community. Jim, as we continue to surrender our liberty for safety we are neither free nor safe.
Brian L. January 06, 2014 at 11:53 AM
What on earth does canceling classes have to do with surrendering liberty? That is one of the more odd connections I have heard. You can still go outside if you choose. You can have your child go out to town, play, etc if you would like. Things shut down due to bad weather (no garbage service, businesses, schools, etc) and you don't have to surrender liberty when they do.


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