WFPS District Protocol for All K-5 Elementary Schools
Specific guidelines will be used during cold weather.
Morning Procedure: Students will be allowed to come into the building in the morning if the weather is inclement (Wind chill is -15° F). They will wait in a designated area for school to begin. We strongly urge you not to bring students to the school before the time students are allowed to enter the building.
Noon Recess: Students have been confined for 3 1/2 hours and need exercise and fresh air. The guidelines used to judge whether students will go outside during noon recess are dependent upon the temperature and wind chill (wind chill is -15° F). The supervisor on outside duty may also decide if students will come in early before the bell. This allows flexibility in allowing for the differences in physical development and the age level of students. The temperature and wind chill information used is obtained from the National Weather Service on a daily basis.
Clothing for Cold Weather: North Dakota winter weather can be very cold. Therefore, dress your children warmly during the winter months. Children must wear mittens or gloves, overshoes/boots, caps, and scarves. During winter months, snow pants and boots are required. Bare legs should be covered in the winter. Except in the case of very severe weather, students will spend up to 30 minutes outside during the noon recess. Students must be dressed warmly enough to be comfortable. Also, if your child tends to chill while sitting in school, have them wear long sleeves, sweaters/sweatshirts, or leave a sweater/sweatshirt labeled with the child's name in school for continued use. Parents, your children must wear overshoes or boots in the winter months and when it is wet and/or muddy outside. The children's feet need to remain warm and dry, and our school must remain clean. If you are unable to provide appropriate winter clothing/gear for your child please contact the school and we will do our best to help meet those needs. Apparel should be marked with the child's name so it can be identified and returned if lost.
Parents of West Fargo Public Schools’ students,
We know that it is important to review our district's inclement weather procedures on a regular basis. Every year around this time, we send this letter and hope that the contents, formatted as a Q&A, prove useful to you as you prepare your family for the winter ahead.
Who Is Watching The Weather?
Where Does the District Get Its Information?
Who Makes The Decision To Close Schools?
When Is The Decision Made To Close Schools?
How is the Type of Closure Decided Upon?
When the weather and road conditions allow the majority of our students and staff to make it to school by regular start times, but the conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day, the district will call an EARLY RELEASE. Calling for an early release is often the most difficult weather-related decision for a superintendent; consideration must be given to the desirability of sending students, particularly students at the primary grades, home to an empty house. Please note that the early release applies to both the end of the school day and the bus schedule. There may be instances when certain bus routes cannot run (often due to the more serious weather conditions that occur in the rural parts of our district). If your child's bus route will not run, the Transportation Department will communicate with you via Blackboard Connect-5 phone and/or email messaging. Students living within reasonable walking distance will be dismissed to walk home only at the discretion of the principal. Questionable cases will be handled with a phone conversation between the parents/guardians and the school office. When the district chooses to release students early, all after-school and evening activities are automatically cancelled as well.
When the weather and road conditions make it difficult for the majority of our students and staff to arrive by regular start times and the conditions are expected to remain the same or deteriorate throughout the day, the district will CANCEL SCHOOL. The cancel school response is also appropriate when local law enforcement agencies are advising people to stay off the roads, or when there is a likelihood of interrupted utility services to the school facilities. When the district chooses to cancel school, all after-school and evening activities are automatically cancelled as well.
There are times when school is scheduled to start and end on time, but busing is impacted. In these instances when certain bus routes cannot run (often due to the more serious weather conditions that occur in the rural parts of our district), the Transportation Department will communicate with you via Blackboard Connect-5 phone and/or email messaging. When only busing is impacted, there typically will NOT be an announcement via local media outlets.
How Is The Public Notified?
Out of respect for our families, the phone feature of our Blackboard messaging system will not be utilized after 9:30 PM or before 6:00 AM.