A guide to temperature related school closings

When very cold weather strikes, the Liberty Central School District
receives many questions from families and staff asking whether
school will be delayed or closed due to cold temperatures or wind chill alone.

Under certain conditions, outlined below, the superintendent of
schools may determine that school should be delayed or closed for
the safety of the district’s students and staff.

There are no “rules” for delays or closings; those decisions are up to each local school district. The district considers a set of internal weather guidelines to help determine whether temperatures are safe to hold classes. We rely on guidance from the National Weather Service to make our
decisions.

These guidelines take into account the amount of time
it takes for exposed skin to develop frostbite based on the wind
chill and temperature.

Typically, when wind chills are in the light blue area of the
chart, school is not delayed. Of course, other factors may also be
considered (such as snow or bus problems), but these parameters
provide a general guide.

When temperatures do not warrant closing, families can help their
children prepare for the weather by dressing them warmly, in
layers, with a hat, scarf, gloves and appropriate footwear.

During colder months, the district makes some adjustments in
response to the weather to ensure students and staff are safe and
as comfortable as possible:

• Rolling V, our transportation provider, begins preparing district buses as early as 4 a.m. to make sure the engines start and heaters work so that students have as warm a ride to school as possible. Drivers are careful to
arrive at bus stops as close to “on time” as possible;
• Custodial and maintenance staff ensures temperatures inside
classrooms are comfortable and are on standby to respond to any
facilities issues that may arise; and
• Recess and all physical education activities are held indoors.

Instructional time is valuable for all of our students to be able
to achieve at the highest levels. We hope that this information is
helpful for our students, families and staff to know more about
our decision-making process and the steps we can all take to
continue our teaching and learning even when it’s very cold out.

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