Yes, it is cold today. The forecast makes a hopeful 11F high for the day. But is it colder today than many other January/February days? I didn't think so. So, why did the area schools close today? I haven't the faintest.
Champaign Public Schools used to have the reputation of NEVER closing...unless we have severe feets of snow. I've been involved with the Champaign schools the past 8 years or so and I can't remember many weather-related school closings (what we used to call 'snow days'...because they would only close when there was way too much snow). I used to think it was odd that the surrounding rural schools close often on the mere thought of bad weather. This year Champaign has closed when it was too hot and, now, when it is too cold. With two equally hot days, one will be open and one closed. Schools will be open tomorrow.
Actually, I understand closing in the fall since so many schools lack a/c but they all have heat. The kids walked to the bus stop last winter. Overall, I am just irritated that the schools have just decided to close school without any consistency. I have written them to urge them to establish weather-related guidelines (e.g. temperature, heat index, wind chill) but have gotten no response. Parents can't predict when the schools will be closed. I wonder how many kids were left waiting for the buses that never came this morning...and their parents had already left for work.