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Waukesha School District will keep its schools open on Monday

Could be closed on Tuesday with expected wind chill warning

Jan. 26, 2014

While some school districts have canceled classes due to the extreme cold, schools in the Waukesha School District could be open on Monday.

According to a post on the district's website, the district will only close schools unless a wind chill warning is forecast for the Monday morning student travel times.

The post states that as of 5 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service is forecasting a wind chill advisory for Monday.

As of late Sunday evening, the NWS' website says the wind chill advisory will be in effect from midnight Sunday to 9 p.m. Monday.

But the post does say that the district "will continue to watch weather forecasts throughout (Sunday) evening up until 4:30 a.m. (Monday)."

The NWS, however, is forecasting a wind chill warning from 9 p.m. Monday to noon Tuesday.

A decision about whether to close its schools on Tuesday will be made by noon Monday, the post states.

While schools across the city will be open Monday the district tells parents that "if you feel that it is unsafe for your student to travel to school in any kind of inclement weather, whether it is snow or extreme cold, you have the option of keeping your child home without any academic or attendance penalty."

This week's extreme cold is coming just three weeks after the Waukesha School District shut down its schools for two straight days because of wind chills well below zero at minus 45.

According to the NWS, wind chills in Waukesha are expected to be between minus 25 and minus 30 with gusts as high as 30 mph on Monday. The low Monday night is expected to be around 19 below zero with wind chills between minus 30 and minus 40.

The forecast for Tuesday in Waukesha will be even colder than Monday with wind chill values between minus 30 and minus 40.

Superintendent Todd Gray recently said if wind chills reach minus 35, the district cancels classes.

The recent blast of dangerously-cold temperatures and wind chills will force the district to reshuffle its schedule.

The district had one weather-day built in its schedule but already has to make up the second off-day from Jan. 7 on May 23, previously assigned as a teacher in-service day.

Gray said last week if the district had to cancel any more days, which it looks like it might have to on Tuesday, then that day would be made up as well.

Milwaukee Public Schools made its decision to cancel classes for Monday and Tuesday on Sunday evening.

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