Longer Vacation? School Districts Could Cancel Classes Over Extreme Cold

Schools in Mokena are keeping an eye on the forecast as dangerously cold temperatures could lead to calling off Monday's classes.

By Ben Feldheim and Joe Vince

Mokena schools are scheduled to be back in session on Monday.

But a forecast that's calling for temperatures reaching 5 below to 17 below zero—and feeling like 20 below to 25 below with the wind chill index—leaves the possibility that local schools will extend the break at least an extra day for safety reasons.

As of Friday afternoon, none of the local schools and districts serving Mokena have decided whether to cancel the first day back to school next week or not. Families within Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 can find out Sunday through the district’s website whether school will be in session, according to district staff. Alerts will also be available on the LWay 210 Facebook page, broadcast on radio stations and by phone.  

Details about LWay 210 emergency closings online.

Stay updated on other Mokena school districts about closings through their websites as well:


What's Too Cold?

Temperatures are expected to hover between 5 below and 17 below zero over the next days, with a wind chill index around 20 below to 25 below, according to the National Weather Service. The agency also is forecasting that wind speeds will reach 20 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph. 

That combination can lead to hypothermia—when the body loses more heat than it can produce—and frostbite, which can set in within 15 minutes once it reaches dangerously cold temperatures. Check out the wind chill index chart in this article to see what levels those are. And go to the agency's wind chill page for more information.

YOUR TURN: Do you think schools should cancel classes because of the extreme cold? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Brian January 04, 2014 at 05:27 PM
I love walking around in the summer watching prints cutting the grass while their kids are inside playing video games. We have beautiful parks and you never see kids playing unless its a team event. I played ball in parries and alleys. We spend big $(tax money) for all these empty parks. As for Michelle Obama getting involved with the school and what to feed them, what a waste. She has no right commenting on anything, She has less integrity and experience than her husband and she is the biggest racist out there. I agree we are raising a nation of gimme gimme gimme fatso spoiled brats. I found it interesting when the schools sent out a note telling families their kids could not bring in birthday treats because of diabetes or peanut allergies. Punish the many because of the few.
lala January 04, 2014 at 06:11 PM
I did get PO'd when the schools tried to tell me what my kids could bring for snacks. I did not know of one kid that had food allergies when I was growing up. I was out and about today and did not see one kid outside playing in the snow. At times I long for the good ol' days!
B January 05, 2014 at 07:45 PM
How I live in an area w such despicable ignorance, intolerance and hate amazes me. And it's not likely any of you idiots walked to school in temps this low. Seeing as how there were only a handful of days this cold in the early 1980s (3 of them in1982), it wasn't this cold before that since 1872. This kind of cold is dangerous for kids and the elderly. This isn't 15 deg. Frostbite in 5 minutes for exposed skin..... Also - we apparently need Michelle Obama to tell us what to eat since I bet most of you ignorant commenters are fatties yourselves who could use some dietary and exercise advice. We all pay for your poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles in a wide variety of ways. Maybe her advice will save some of your dumb lives or the lives of our children. Finally, why are there always a few hateful, spiteful, right-wingers who reek of cognitive dissonance on these boards? Nothing better to do? Sitting home complaining about all these "takers" while you collect your social security, use your Medicare benefits, and watch out your windows while "evil socialism" plows your streets so you can leave your house! Makes me sad that you live w such hate and judgement in your hearts. More than likely, you judge and are terrible to others bc you need the most help and live the most immoral, sad, un-Christian lives...... (ps - why don't all of you who called out our "soft kids" walk somewhere tomorrow at 8am. See how far you get). Idiots.
Brian January 05, 2014 at 08:28 PM
B your post is the only one calling people names and spewing venomous hate. Your true judgmental colors showed in your first sentence. It must be difficult for you to look in the mirror. The fact that you defend Michelle Obama says a lot about your lack of judgement and character. If there were more right-wingers, as you call us our country would be in less of a mess and we would have fewer "soft kids". I need to go back outside for a second time with my kids and shovel. I hope you find peace.
R.W.Voter January 05, 2014 at 10:23 PM
B, I can't believe your statement. This is the Midwest, it gets cold in the winter. In the 1950's many people didn't have cars, there were no school busses in the City of Chicago. You walked to school, you walked home for lunch, that was life. The Catholic nuns that taught me lived next to the school. Kids today never wear golashes, wouldn't wear a raincoat and hat. Never wore shoes or boots with a hole in it in winter. You believe Michelle Obama, you drink the kool aid and do what you are told. you need help. Thank you


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