Chippewa Valley (WQOW)- The icy air feels like it's never going to end. As students are heading back to school News 18 spoke with district in the Chippewa Valley to see when doors are closed and students will be staying home.
In Eau Claire, the Eau Claire Area School District said policy allows staff to close any and all schools for severe weather. When it comes to cold, many factors are taken in to consideration. If it's around -30 staff will look at things like snow, wind, road conditions and how many absences are expected. If weather is expected to improve later in the day, school could start late. Those decisions are typically made by 6:00 a.m.
The Chippewa Falls Area United School District has three options: closing, delaying start time by two hours or early release. For cancellations or early release, these decisions are made by 6:00 a.m. Early release decisions will be made by 10:00 a.m. The district said it really depends on the forecast, how much snow and when it's coming down.
In Altoona, administrators said they will typically close around -30 degrees, temperature or windchill. The district said those decisions are also based on a number of factors and there is no hard and fast rule.
The school districts tell News 18 all losing decisions are taken very seriously and the students safety is the number one priority. Staff said they understand closing can be an inconvenience for families and they want to make the information available as soon as possible.
School closing information can be found here on WQOW, social media, as well as news and weather apps.