The Lincoln Public Schools District will close schools on Monday, Jan. 6, in the best interest of the safety of students, due to frigid winter weather bringing forecasted wind chills of 35 degrees below zero for early Monday morning and throughout the day on Monday.
“Academics are essential and we are prudent in making these kinds of decisions, but the safety of our students must come first,” said LPS Superintendent Steve Joel. “We rarely see these kinds of wind chills in Lincoln, Nebraska, and we must consider the well-being of our children walking to school – as well as our students of all ages outdoors in this kind of dangerous cold weather.”
LPS officials have closely monitored the weather throughout the weekend, keeping in close contact with city officials and local meteorologists – and the forecast has remained unchanged. The National Weather Service is calling for a low of 12 degrees below zero Sunday night and early Monday morning in Lincoln, with wind chills as low as 35 degrees below zero. The forecast for Monday lists a high of only 2 degrees, with wind chills again as low as 35 degrees below zero.
LPS weather guidelines dictate that when school is closed there are no athletic or activity practices, contests or performances. In addition, Community Learning Center activities will resume when LPS resumes.
This is the first inclement weather day for LPS this school year. Additional instructional time is built into the school calendar and the school district will not need to make up this time.