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Students, it’s cold outside

How ELC determines when it’s too cool for school

January 23, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central School District recently set out its protocol for handling the frosty windchills that put plans on ice in January and February.

Superintendent Tara Paul wrote in the district newsletter, "When we experience these drastic temperatures, we do follow a protocol to determine when our students go outside for recess, when we have a late start, and when we call school for the day due to those negative temperatures."

Outside recess: if the windchill according to AccuWeather and NOAA is zero or below, there will be no outside recess. Students who have recess should be dressed for the cold in layers, coats, hats, mittens or gloves, snowpants and boots.

Two hour late start: If AccuWeather or NOAA predicts a windchill of -35 at 6:30 a.m. the following morning, ELC will have a two-hour late start. If the weather on a late start day is predicted to reach -45 at 10 a.m., school will be cancelled for the rest of the day.

School cancellation: If the windchill is predicted to be -45 or below all day, ELC will cancel school for the entire day.

The district will post weather-related announcements on the school messenger system and other media outlets and social media. The Estherville News will share and report on weather-related announcements throughout the community when severe weather happens.



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