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District 186: Winds Did Not Warrant Closure Tuesday

Updated: Wednesday, January 29 2014, 10:04 AM CST
Despite temperatures touching five below zero Tuesday morning, district 186 students were back in class. Springfield schools cancelled classes Monday, citing -20 wind chills.

About two dozen school districts cancelled classes again Tuesday for cold weather, but district 186 officials say even though actual temperatures were colder Tuesday than Monday, conditions still did not meet their criteria for cancelling classes.

"I left home to come to work, which was about 7:30. It was -5 with a wind chill of -5. Whereas yesterday even though it was 2 above and the wind was blowing 20 miles per hour the wind chill was around -17," Interim Superintendent Bob Hill said.

Hill says wind chills around -20 have been the districts limit for cancelling class for a long time. In the event another cold snap hits central Illinois, administrators will use this same standard to make a decision about whether or not to cancel classes.
District 186: Winds Did Not Warrant Closure Tuesday


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