The safety of our members and staff is the most important factor in determining winter weather related closings. If conditions warrant, the Ward Downtown YMCA leadership may decide to close the YMCA early, delay opening, cancel programs and classes, or close the facility entirely on severe weather days. All communication about programs, group exercise and facility closures or cancellations will be through our Ward Downtown YMCA Facebook page and or Ozarks Regional YMCA mobile app.   


1. Springfield Public School District Delayed Openings:

• All scheduled programs and group exercise classes will run as regularly scheduled.

• Kids Zone will be open.

•  In the event of severe weather progressing throughout the day, the Ward Downtown YMCA leadership will make additional decisions regarding programs, classes and kids zone throughout the day.  


2. Springfield Public School District Closings:

• If Springfield Public Schools close: all programs, group exercise classes will be cancelled until 12:00 PM.  

• The YMCA leadership will make additional decisions regarding all noon classes/ program and kids zone by 10:00 AM.

• The YMCA leadership will make decisions regarding all evening classes/program and kids zone by 3:00 PM.  


3. Weekend Policy: 

• All weekend decisions are made the morning of by 7:00 AM or the evening before and communicated through Facebook and our Ozarks Regional YMCA App.