How do districts decide when to cancel school?

Superintendents weigh safety risks

With dangerously cold temperatures in the forecast, some schools may decide to delay the start of their school day.

School District of La Crosse superintendent Randy Nelson says when there’s a chance the school schedule could be interrupted by weather, he and other area superintendents stay in constant communication early in the morning to stay up-to-date on what they’re planning to do.

They’ll not only look at the forecast for that day, but also the hour-by-hour forecast, to see how much the school day could be affected.

“Although it’s not one that we follow all the time, our general rule of thumb is when we’re in advisories, we have school. When we have warnings, we’re really taking a look at whether we should commence with school or do something else,” said Nelson.

Nelson says the La Crosse School District can cancel one day of school without having to make it up. Any additional cancellations have to be made up at the end of the school year.