Charles City, Iowa – Superintendent of Charles City Schools says the key to weather-related closings is to not over complicate the decision.
Mike Fisher tells North Iowa News he uses common sense and collaboration when erring on the side of safety for the entire district.
He factors road conditions and cold temperatures including wind chill for student walkers.
Fisher emphasizes the decision is always hard, adding he never wants to put students and staff in jeopardy during hazardous weather conditions.
The process includes analyzing the forecast from the National Weather Service from La Crosse, WI., driving roads, consulting with neighboring superintendents along with the district’s operations manager and communications director.
Fisher says depending when storms are forecast to hit, he will make a decision by 10 p.m. the night before or by 5 a.m. the morning of.