Broken Arrow Schools: Winter Weather Policy

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Photo credit: Daily Herald, Steve Lundy

With extremely cold temperatures in the forecast for Tuesday, Jan. 16, Broken Arrow Public Schools would like to remind parents/guardians of its winter weather policy.

When deciding whether to cancel school, the district makes the final decision no later than 5:30 a.m. on the school day under consideration. The decision is made on a day-to-day basis after weather conditions have been assessed.

“There are no national or state guidelines for weather-related school closings and delays, so district administrators evaluate a variety of factors,” BAPS Chief Operations Officer Michelle Bergwall said. “Transportation challenges, health hazards, safety risks and the condition of school buildings all play a role in the decision.”

Should district administrators hold school according to the calendar approved by the Board of Education, BAPS encourages parents/guardians to properly dress students in layered clothing, including heavy coats, hats, boots and gloves. In addition, to reduce the amount of time spent at bus stops, the district suggests driving your children to school or arranging a car pool with neighborhood parents.

“Although cold temperatures may seem less threatening than slick roads, we want to remind parents that winter winds can pose serious health risks, including frostbite or hyperthermia,” Bergwall said.

The National Weather Service wind chill temperature chart helps provide an accurate and easy-to-read formula for calculating the dangers from winter winds and freezing temperatures.


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