60 Degrees and Green Grass may give way to Snow!
Getting Ready for Winter
LeRoy CUSD #2 Winter Weather
We have enjoyed an extended fall but it now appears that winter is going to set in. In fact, we may have our first snowfall this Friday. We would like to remind all of students, especially all of our newest drivers, to take it slow in snowy conditions, make sure your phone is charged, and make sure that you have warm winter clothes in your car, even if you insist on wearing only a sweatshirt from the car to the building, please have a hat, coat, and gloves in your car.
1. We would like to keep you informed of the decision-making process regarding the cancellation of school during the winter months. Please remember that, regardless of the district’s decision to have school in inclement weather, ultimately parents have the final say on whether or not a child attends school. We will support those decisions made in good faith, but will be released as soon as decisions are made.
2. Generally, the latest we make decisions on school is around 5:30 a.m. However, it is very important for parents to have plans in place in case the decision needs to be made later. It is quite possible that bus or building issues could come up and not be discovered until after 6:00 p.m. In those cases, decisions on school attendance could be made at a later time.
3. Regarding extra-curricular events, practices and other school-related activities outside of the normal day, we prefer to exercise flexibility in these situations as opposed to an inflexible policy. Oftentimes, events scheduled in the evening could be held as conditions improve, as could practices. Some schools do not have that policy, and we will respect the wishes of the individual districts involved.
Again, we will support those decisions made in good faith out of the personal beliefs regarding their child’s safety.
Information considered when making decisions about canceling school.
1. Over 90% of our students are within 10 miles of our buildings. This makes us much more unique than many of our other rural districts around us. On virtually any day, we can get the overwhelming majority of our students to school. This is not always the case for staff that may live outside of the district, and sometimes road conditions would dictate an unreasonable risk for them to travel to school.
2. Empire Township road crews do a great job of keeping our roads clear and communicating with the school district.
3. Our diesel bus fleet now has a fuel blend that is better suited for the extreme weather. We believe the current mix to be very reliable, which gives us confidence that it is unlikely fuel will freeze, limiting the risk that your child could be stranded in extreme cold temperatures.
4. It is challenging to become completely acclimated to cold weather, but we are hopeful that students, parents, and staff are preparing their vehicles with emergency gear, making sure phones stay charged, and everyone dresses appropriately when going out in the elements. We understand bus stops can be an issue with children waiting out in the cold and ask parents to ensure their students are prepared or make other arrangements for transportation.
5. In cases of extreme cold like we had last year, if work creates an early morning conflict for you and your child typically walks to school as a result or if your child is just a regular walker, we have opened our buildings earlier than normal to ensure your child’s safety. We will also consider this option this year.
6. The prevalence of mobile phones has significantly increased safety in the last 10 years.
7. We typically will not run delayed starts on cold weather days because as you delay the start, you increase the potential of students navigating the morning by themselves or actually being outside longer.
8. On days of extreme cold, our bus drivers allow extra time at stops so students do not have to stand and wait, but could gather from a waiting car or their homes.
9. Our key source of data is the NOAA Wind Chill Chart (http://www.nws.noall.gov/om/windchill/). When inside the 30 minute exposure area of the graph, attendance is questionable and dependent upon road conditions. When wind chills are likely to be to the right of that area, it is unlikely that we would attend.
Printable PDF Document: "Cold Weather Attendance Days"