PORTA Will be in Session on Thursday January 4th. The temperatures predicted at 8:00 PM for the early morning hours do not meet the -20 wind chill standard the district follows. Please dress your children accordingly and as always, as a parent you have the right to keep your children home if you feel the conditions are not safe.
Guidelines for Temperature-Related School closings by Sangamon and Menard County School District Superintendents.
While individual districts must consider road conditions prior to making decisions about weather-related cancellations, the following will serve as a common guideline for cancellations due to extreme cold.
Districts will use www.accuweather.com to obtain an hour by hour forecast of air temperature and wind chill at 8:00 PM the evening prior to any decision about school cancellations due to temperature.
Springfield will be the central location used for all schools housed in Sangamon and Menard counties when determining the predicted temperatures.
If the combination of air temperature and wind chill is predicted to exceed -20 during the two hour window between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM School will be cancelled.
Example—At 8:00 PM the accuweather predicts that the wind chill will reach -21 at 7:00 AM and -19 at 8:00 AM- School will be closed.
These guidelines assume roads are clear and that temperature is the sole factor for determining whether to conduct school.