Quick question-- what pops into your head when you think of the state of Wisconsin?
Okay, besides the cheeseheads and the beer and the Packers.
I'd wager that most think of snow. And yes, the cold.
Thus, one might reasonably assume that, "snow days" for Wisconsin's school children were a winter staple.
The following is the first line in a letter I received just yesterday from our city's school superintendent:
As the winter season approaches and because it's been several years since severe weather caused [our city's] schools to close, I'd like to review these guidelines with you. [Emph. added]
That's right. Several. Years. In Wisconsin-- where we get more snow than many US states put together.
Oh, but there's more... how about when it gets cold?
I mean really cold.
Our policy is to close schools if the National Weather Service issues a wind chill warning of 50 degrees below zero that will continue for the length of the entire school day. If the forecast is for improving conditions during the day, we will not close schools. [Emph. added]
That's right, folks, my son could be standing at the bus stop in near blizzard conditions; wind chills of 45 below. His nose peeking dangerously out of his gator, and still, the school day will go on.
That's just messed up.