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You Ask, We Answer: How cold is too cold for school?

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EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - With cold temperatures hitting the Chippewa Valley, Dawn asked how cold does it have to be for the Eau Claire Area School District to delay, or cancel school?

The answer is severely cold. 30 below to be exact. 

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According to ECASD school board policies, severe cold is defined as:

-30o F sustained temperature threshold and -30o F sustained wind chill threshold using National Weather Service guide. Note: The threshold levels are points at which severe cold will be considered as a factor in closing school in conjunction with other relevant facts and conditions that might be present. The threshold levels are not automatic.  Schools may or may not be closed because of severe cold depending upon all factors that need to be considered and the Superintendent’s decision.

A two-hour delay is described in the school board policies as something utilized when there is inclement weather, and additional time is needed to promote safer travel to school. 

ECASD policies also state "the Superintendent may close any or all schools or dismiss them early in the event of hazardous weather or other emergencies."

Officials with the ECASD said parents can make the personal choice to keep their kids out of school if they themselves are concerned about the weather. 

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