Cold Weather

When winter weather occurs, the Champaign Unit 4 School District has a plan. The safety and well-being of our students is paramount, thus, the District has a comprehensive plan that is executed every time we consider transitioning from in-person to remote learning. We understand that our decision affects families in a variety of ways. With that in mind, we thought the following information about the decision-making process would be helpful information for Champaign Unit 4 families.

HOW DO WE MAKE OUR DECISION?

Please understand that in times of challenging weather conditions we make the decision to transition to remote learning based on a careful consideration of all relevant factors, such as:

  1. Weather service information - The district consults with the National Weather Service for updates regarding temperature and road conditions.
  2. Temperature and wind chill.
  3. Bus company information - District Office administration talks to the transportation department to learn more about road conditions and access to neighborhoods and streets that are more challenging during times of inclement weather.
  4. Amount of snow and ice accumulated.
  5. Whether snow/ice is continuing.
  6. Building conditions - Schools are checked to make sure electricity and heat are working properly.
  7. Parking lot and sidewalk conditions - Administrators talk to maintenance and custodial staff members who are responsible for clearing and treating school parking lots and sidewalks.
  8. Discussion with city and county officials about snow removal status for city and county roads.
  9. Discussion with other school districts.

WHO MAKES THE DECISION?
The superintendent makes the final decision to transition to remote learning during inclement weather. The decision is made based on the factors mentioned above.

WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?

After reviewing anticipated weather and road conditions with weather experts and
appropriate Unit 4 staff, including the Transportation Department, the Superintendent
will make every effort to make the decision to pivot to remote learning the day prior to
the remote learning day. If weather predictions prevent a decision from being made the
day prior, a decision will be made by 5 a.m. the day of the inclement weather.

HOW DO WE CONTACT PARENTS?

The announcement of the remote learning day will be communicated to families and
staff via School Messenger, District social media, and news media outlets the day prior,
if possible, or the morning of the remote learning day. Local news outlets are notified
immediately, but parents should be aware that the District does not have direct control
over how quickly or accurately closings are reported by the media. Please consider the
District website as the official announcement.

ATHLETICS/EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The decision to hold scheduled extracurricular and evening activities on a remote learning day will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

ROAD CONDITIONS & WIND CHILL GUIDE DECISION MAKING

Road Conditions:

The following road conditions are considered when deciding to transition to remote learning. They are found in priority order:

1. Main streets in the school district used for bus routes and stops.

2. State highways or interstate highways in the school district used for bus routes and/or stops.

3. Access to the bus garage for bus fleet staging, fueling or maintenance.

4. Parking lots of school buildings.

5. Entrances and sidewalks to each school building.

6. Side streets, cul-de-sacs, or streets where bus routes or stops are not located.

7. State highways or interstates out of the district not used for bus routes.

Wind Chill Chart:

Wind Chill 0 to -20 School open

Wind Chill -21 to -32 School may transition to remote learning

Wind Chill Under -32 School will transition to remote learning

Wind Chill Chart

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