The colder seasons are approaching and it is time to prepare for the weather challenges that may arise! We are starting to see lower temperatures and chilly winds in the forecast, and this is a quick reminder to send your children to school with warm layers and winter coats. If your child is in need of winter clothing, please contact your school counselor - they would be happy to assist!
When evaluating the possibility of delaying the start of school or closing school altogether, our most important consideration is always safety –our priority is that the buses carrying our students, as well as parents, students, and staff driving and walking, can get to our schools safely. Here are a few tips to ensure you are prepared!
What factors are considered when decisions are made to close school?
- Building conditions, such as whether the buildings have electricity, heat, and water
- The ability to clear ice and snow from school parking lots and sidewalks
- Information on road conditions from our transportation staff and local officials
- Whether the conditions are expected to worsen or improve throughout the day
- Ambient temperature and wind chill factors
- Weather forecasts
- By law, the Superintendent is responsible for the final decisions on school closings or changes in schedule.
Where can Parents and Staff receive information about closings?
Check the local news channels (Channel 4, 6, or 10), Infinite Campus, and school communication for school closings and delays. Updates are promptly posted to the school district's social media and School Messenger Notification System - Infinite Campus (generally between 5:30 am and 6:00 am).
Sign up for Infinite Campus to receive auto-dialers on weather, closings, and delays. If you do not have access to the parent portal, please email [email protected]
. Please ensure all Infinite Campus contact information is up-to-date.
Does Whitehall City Schools have two-hour delays?
Whitehall City Schools is currently working on a two-hour delay structure. In
the event of poor weather conditions arising, Superintendent will decide between a normal school day
or a calamity day as needed.
How can we prepare for the weather conditions in the event we have school?
- Adjust your schedule and check the road conditions before transporting to school to arrive on time and safely.
- Take extra time to defrost, warm your vehicle, and leave early to drive with caution. Students who walk to school or wait at school bus stops should be dressed appropriately for cold temperatures and snowy conditions.
- Dress for the season! Stay warm with hats, coats, boots, and gloves to stay dry and covered.