The advance forecast for Saturday, February 18th indicates a daytime high of 56°F about a 20% chance of for showers during the day increasing to about 60% chance at night. Also, it is likely to be windy. Since we are still a week away, these forecasts may change. The following information may help you in your planning.
The Science Olympiad is a “rain or shine” event. We will do all we can to hold all of the events, indoors and outdoors, unless it is unsafe or unreasonable. In the event that weather is severe enough that an event cannot be safely, and fairly completed, we will cancel that event. These decisions will be made on a case by case basis by the Science Olympiad Organizing Committee in consultation with the event supervisor of the event.
Teams must understand that there is no indoor shelter where students and adults can retreat to in the event of rain. It is up to each school to bring a canopy and/or appropriate rain gear to deal with the uncertainty of the weather. Individuals are not permitted to crowd into already busy hallways and common areas on campus if it rains. This creates an unsafe condition that will force the closure of the Science Olympiad tournament. If rain does arrive in a significant amount, it is up to each school to determine if it is reasonable to shelter under outdoor canopies or to head home.
If weather permits the indoor events to continue, and teams do not crowd interior spaces in an unsafe way, the Science Olympiad will proceed to the best of our ability. Your cooperation and flexibility will be critical to this success.
The awards presentations are scheduled outdoors in the stadium. If the weather becomes unreasonable, a determination may be made to cancel the awards presentation after the events are completed and mail the awards to the schools. Cross your fingers for reasonable weather and bring layers of clothing and pads to sit on – it will likely be cold in the stands.