Cold Weather Prep
The safety of students and staff is the basis for any decision to close schools due to weather-related conditions.
The safety of students and staff is the basis for any decision to close schools due to weather-related conditions. Generally, school districts follow guidelines and recommendations set by the NYS Health Department when it comes to closing school due to especially cold temperatures. Per the state guidelines, when sustained wind chills are -25 degrees or below, schools will close. However, local superintendents consider factors such as driving conditions (e.g. icy pavement, blowing snow and poor visibility), the ability to get buses started and running on time, and how many students walk to school. Bus transportation is available for all Williamsville students whereas other area districts may have more 'walkers', which would certainly factor into their decision to close schools.
The Centers for Disease Control offers tips on how to keep your child safe during extreme cold. Click on “Cold Weather Considerations Q and A” to find the information on the district website.