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Can Wind Chill Close School?

  • Wind Chill Advisory:  Wind Chills between -10 and -24 degrees and at least a wind of 10 MPH or higher.
  • Wind Chill Warning:  Wind Chills -25 degrees and below with at least a wind of 10 MPH or higher.

When the National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Warning for Henry County for the time the school day begins, a decision will be made to close schools. It is quite likely we will make this type of decision on the morning of the day in question as it is hard to predict what the wind chill will be the night before.

If there is a Wind Chill Advisory for the county, school will likely be open unless there are operational problems with our transportation fleet or mechanical problems in the school buildings. Buildings and the transportation fleet are assessed in the morning prior to school, usually by 6 a.m.

Please note, as a parent if you determine that the weather conditions are too dangerous for your child to be out, we respect your decision. You are free to use one of your five parent notes for an excused absence on the given day. Please make sure that you contact your child’s school to report the absence and reason.

Understand that the safety of our students and staff is always our first priority when making a decision to delay or close school. We can assure you that our school buildings are warm, safe, and an ideal place for students to be when it is extremely cold. 

Parents should make sure that their child is dressed appropriately for the cold weather.  Frostbite and hypothermia are serious risks and need to be taken into consideration by parents.

For more information on how the wind chill is calculated, see the National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart on their website (www.nws.noaa.gov).

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