It’s cold and probably getting colder this week. The National Weather Service says wind chills will be below-zero at times and could be colder than 20 or 30-degrees below zero Wednesday night into Thursday. Those temperatures have the potential to pose a danger to our students as they wait for busses in the morning and as they return home in the afternoon. We would ask that parents monitor their children to minimize exposure and assure that appropriate clothing, especially layered clothing in these conditions, is worn. Fashion needs to take a back seat this week.
We would also suggest that provisions be made before and after school for minimizing the amount of time that children are outside and some mechanism be in place to assure that everyone is safely at home in the afternoon.
Remember that excessive exposure to cold and especially wind can lead to frostbite, which is damaging to body tissue that becomes frozen. At high wind chill levels like we are expecting, frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately. Slowly warm the affected areas as you await medical assistance. The district has informed all teachers and staff of the weather severity expected and they are prepared to monitor students as they arrive in the morning and as they embark busses in the afternoon.
At this time schools are all on normal schedules. Mountain Transit, however, cannot guarantee that there will be no delays on the morning runs. Parents must ensure that children are successfully on the bus.
Please be safe.