Friday, February 7, 2014

Central IL Weather - wait 3 minutes and it will change...REALLY

This morning was so frustrating!!! Weather services are amazingly helpful and like most services, prone to some inconsistencies. But this AM was very confusing. Temps in Table Grove varied from -15 to -5 on 3 different sources at several different points in time. Ipava and Vermont varied from
-3 to -10 while Astoria was -3 and Bushnell was -10. This weather is so unpredictable. It is the unpredictability that makes the decision to cancel on days like this - so frustrating and down-right tiring. Today the temps were right on the fence in some parts of the district and in a perfectly safe range in others. So, we fired up the buses, opened the school house doors, and reminded parents of cold weather precautions. We do what we can do. In any event, school is in session. Have a great day and stay warm. I heard 40'a in less than 14 days :)

Thursday, February 6, 2014


So this is how myself and at least 6 other area superintendents felt AGAIN this morning. This weather is insane. Each school has its own reasons for canceling. This AM's air temp was -12. Buses don't like -12 because they take soooooo long to heat up. We began an early start schedule this winter where the buses are started almost 60 minutes before they pick up their first kid. Also, kids at bus stops in -12 air temps isn't good. If we lived in a climate where this was normal we would all be acclimated and we would all dress appropriately. But we don't, kids aren't, and kids definitely do not! Mornings like this make me want to pull out what little hair I have left. I am sure you and most of our kids really do want school to be open.
Tomorrow's forecast looks to be a similar day with slightly warmer temperatures. Please dress the kids for the cold. We will try again tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Another Day Out

This is a picture from my windshield from just one of the many VIT CUSD#2 country roads I drove last night around 830pm. The drifting was significant enough that 4 wheel drive was required. Combine this fact with the forecast, and canceling school was the inevitable choice. This has been a long winter already. We have missed 9.5 days of school since January 2nd. I hope we can get into a more consistent pattern soon. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Have a great day.