530 Perryville Street      Harrodsburg, KY 40330      P 859.733.7000      F 859.733.7004
Superintendent's Message
January 2017
 
HOW DOES THE WIND CHILL AFFECT SCHOOL BEING
DELAYED OR CLOSED?

During the winter months several factors come into play that could delay the start of school or cause school to be closed. One such factor is the wind chill on a given day. On particularly cold mornings we continuously monitor the National Weather Service and closely monitor the weather conditions. There are two possible scenarios that come from the National Weather Service: a Wind Chill Advisory and a Wind Chill Warning. The National Weather Service in Louisville, KY, defines the two as the following:

Wind Chill Advisory: Wind Chills between -10 and -24 degrees and at least a wind of 10 MPH or more.

Wind Chill Warning: Wind Chills -25 degrees and below with at least a wind of 10 MPH or more.

When the National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Warning for Mercer County for the time the school day begins, we will make a decision to close schools. It is quite likely we will make this type of decision on the morning of the day in question as it is hard to predict what the wind chill will be the night before. If there is a Wind Chill Advisory for the county, schools will likely be open unless there are operational problems with the bus fleet or mechanical problems in the school buildings. Buildings and the bus fleet are assessed in the morning prior to school by 6:00am.

Understand that the safety of our staff and students is our top priority when making the decision to delay or close school. We can assure you that our school buildings are warm, safe and an ideal place for students to be when it is extremely cold outside. Parents should make sure their child is dressed appropriately for the cold weather. The district urges students to wear winter hats, gloves, heavy coats and boots. Frostbite and hypothermia are serious risks and need to be taken into consideration by the parents.

To get more information on how the wind chill is calculated see the National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart from the National Weather Service.
 
 Dennis Davis

Dennis Davis, Superintendent
Mercer County Schools

 
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Mr. Davis has 24 years of experience in the Mercer County School District. He has served as a high school assistant principal, special education teacher, in-school suspension coordinator and 9th Grade Academy Principal. He comes with a broad range of certifications, all of which he earned at Eastern Kentucky University, including Professional Certificate for Instructional Leadership, Professional Certificate for Teaching Early Elementary Grades K-4 and self-contained in grades 5 and 6. He also holds a Professional Certificate for Teachers of Exceptional Children.


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