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 Washington office at 402-644-2557. Proper outerwear should include boots, hats, gloves or mittens, a warm coat and even snow pants.
* Please note that Washington does NOT open until 7:50 am. Please do not drop your children until 7:50 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.
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.