When very cold weather strikes, the 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, the superintendent may determine that school should be delayed or closed for the safety of the district’s students and staff.
Weather conditions across the district can vary greatly due changes in elevation. The temperature, wind chill factor and the the safety of children who walk to school are also considered.
We rely on guidance from the National Weather Service to make our
decisions. Their guidelines into account the amount of time it takes for exposed skin to develop frostbite based on the wind chill and temperature.
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.