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Weather Procedures

The decision to have or not have school due to inclement weather will be based on the safety of the learners attending the district’s schools and on the best information available at the time the decision must be made. West Fargo Public Schools administration meets with the state climatologist and a local meteorologist to receive the latest updates on anticipated inclement weather. Other K-12 school districts, colleges and universities, and City Public Works Departments participate in these meetings.  

 Regardless of the decision made, parents/guardians may choose to pick up their child at school or not to send them to school anytime they feel that the weather is a threat to their child’s safety.

In deciding whether children will be safe, the district looks at the following factors:

  • Visibility and current/expected wind conditions

  • Road conditions (current, anticipated, and the status of city and county road crews) for buses, families, and district staff that need to be on the roads

  • The time precipitation starts and the current/expected amount

  • Expected duration of the storm

  • Alert level from National Weather Service

  • Temperature and wind-chill

All storm announcements relating to West Fargo Public Schools will be reported to local radio and television stations, communicated to parents and guardians by the Blackboard automated messaging system (phone call, text message, and/or email), and be posted to the school district’s website and social media accounts.