Winter Weather Reminders!

We’d like to remind everyone that with the snow and cold temperatures comes the need to send your children to school prepared for the cold and snowy weather.

Living in Nebraska means that winter weather conditions can change daily, if not hourly. In the event that inclement weather should necessitate a delay in the start of school or the closing of all schools, we will continue to use the Infinite Campus calling system to quickly and conveniently share information with all families; of course, we will continue to inform local news agencies so that TV stations are able to broadcast accurate information.

Students who walk to school or are dropped off early before school should be dressed appropriately for cold temperatures and snowy conditions. If you have particular concerns regarding your child’s safety getting to or from school, please call the Jefferson office at 402-644-2546. Proper outerwear should include boots, hats, gloves or mittens, a warm coat and even snow pants.

* Please note that Jefferson does NOT open until 7:45 am. Please do not drop your children until 7:45 am for their safety. Staff is not on site until then, and students will be unsupervised.

We often get calls about recess during especially cold weather. Parents want to know:  When is it too cold for outdoor recess?

Recess is critically important to the mental and physical well-being of children. Whenever possible, we seek to have students playing outside for recess as a break from classroom-based and other indoor activities.

There are no national or professional standards for temperature that preclude sending children outside for recess. While students in states that experience especially cold temperatures (who can be expected to be dressed appropriately for cold weather) may be sent out in freezing temperatures, students in Arizona or Florida may be kept in when the temperatures approach 40 or 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Other factors, such as wind and precipitation, are always taken into account, but the primary consideration is always the safety of our students.

In Norfolk Public Schools, principals use the following general guidelines for decision making related to recess:

Regular outdoor recess will be held when outside air temperature and/or wind chill is 10° (F) or greater. The presence of rain or snowfall can influence this decision.

Indoor recess will be held when outside air temperature and/or wind chill is lower than 10° (F). Indoor recess is always an option when a principal decides that steady rainfall or heavy snowfall have created unsafe conditions.

Whenever students are sent outside in cold temperatures, building staff watch for individual children that are not wearing appropriate clothing and may be at risk. In the event that a child does not have access to clothing necessary for cold temps or snow, our school may be able to help!  If your child needs a particular piece of clothing and you are unable to provide it at this time, we are happy to try and locate the right piece of winter wear - just give us a call!

Finally, please remember that as icy and/or snowy conditions hit us this winter, motorists should use extra precaution when approaching the building for drop off or pick up of children. We want everyone to be safe on the slick and icy roads!