Not too cool for school

Frigid temperatures are not enough to cancel class
February 8th, 2007

Jack Frost was nipping at more than just toes this week as students braved sub-zero temperatures on their cold journey to class.

Monday saw a low of -4 degrees, with the wind chill making it feel like -12.

Thousands of schools throughout the midwest were closed on Monday and Tuesday because of the frigid temperatures. Despite the weather, no major colleges or universities in northeast Ohio cancelled classes.

The rumors that floated around campus that Case Western Reserve, Notre Dame and Ursuline College were closed on Monday were false.

“With the proper clothing, there was no significant danger to students,” said Academic Vice President David La Guardia.

It is La Guardia who is charged with the task of deciding whether or not to cancel classes. On days when the weather is expected to be inclement, he wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and starts to monitor the forecast.

La Guardia said he watches the Weather Channel and will sometimes call the highway department to find out .

He also calls Campus Safety Services and JCU facilities to find out if the snow has impaired parking.

For those still wishing for a day off, snow is the best shot. Along with creating hazardous driving conditions, snow can severely limit the amount of available on-campus parking, which could lead to school’s cancellation.

“We know that when people hear the reports of high schools and grade schools closing, they tend to assume universities operate the same way,” La Guardia said.

“There have been times when I have regretted not closing,” said La Guardia. “Yesterday [Monday] was not one of them.”