FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1997
District Guidelines for Cold Weather School Closing
The Madison Metropolitan School District policy for closing schools due to cold weather
is a long standing policy arrived at in conjunction with the local medical community, Deputy
Superintendent Art Rainwater said Thursday.
Rainwater said several years ago medical experts advised closing school if the wind chill
exceeds 60 degrees below zero.
However, Rainwater said the District strongly encourages parents to make the decision
that is best for their child. He said children kept home by parents are given excused absences. If
students are scheduled to take final exams, parents are asked to notify the school of their decision
and make-up exams will be provided, Rainwater said.
For more information contact Mike McCabe at:
Madison Metropolitan School District
Customer Service Office
545 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53703