Some of you have asked how we decide whether or not to close school due to cold temperature. As the superintendent of a large school district, it is always challenging to balance my desire to have children in school and also my desire to keep them safe.
FCPS strongly believes students are better served, both academically and socially, by being in school. FCPS also considers the nearly 56,000 students who receive free and reduced-price meals each day at school…. If schools are open and a parent does not believe it is safe for his or her child, the parent should keep the child at home for an excused absence.
Consider this the continued wussification of society. … Our kids can go to school. Considering that so few even walk anymore, what difference does the temperature make? That Jenny and Johnnie may actually stand at the bus stop shivering for all of 10 minutes? Who cares? Frankly, it’s good for the pups.
In Idaho Falls School District 91, our students’ safety is our first priority. In the winter, it’s not unusual for temperatures in eastern Idaho to dip well below zero, and reach as low as 20 below with the wind chill factor. Occasionally, these cold temperatures and other severe weather conditions make it necessary to close schools for the safety of our students.
Closing for Cold Weather
Mason City Schools will close on days when the temperature and/or wind chill are below -20ºF to -25ºF. Temperatures with wind chills in this range are considered dangerously cold if exposure is over 10-15 minutes. With students walking to school and waiting at bus stops, we consider this extreme cold a safety issue.
The National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Warning when wind chills are -25 or colder.
The National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Advisory when wind chills are -15 or colder.
Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent and hooded.
Wear a hat. Forty percent of your body heat can be lost from your head.
Wear mittens. Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves to keep your hands warm.
Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from extreme cold. This is especially important if you have a respiratory condition such as asthma.