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Winter Weather Preparedness

It's January. It's Western New York. It's a good time to review winter weather protocol when it comes to closing school because of extreme weather. 

The safety of students and staff is the basis for any decision to close schools due to weather-related conditions. Before deciding to close school due to extreme weather, superintendents take several key factors into consideration such as driving conditions (e.g. icy pavement, blowing snow and poor visibility); the ability to get buses started and running on time; and the number of students who walk to school. Bus transportation is available to all Williamsville students whereas other local districts may have more walkers, which would certainly factor into their decision-making.

School districts, including Williamsville CSD, follow guidelines and recommendations set by the NYS Health Department when it comes to closing school due to extreme cold. Per state guidelines, when sustained wind chills are minus 25 degrees or lower, schools will be closed.

Williamsville CSD uses a variety of methods to inform families, staff and the community about weather-related school closings including social media, broadcast media, and direct contact through email and text messaging.

When school is closed, all other school-related activities such as athletics and Community Education classes are cancelled.

If at any time during extreme weather conditions a parent believes it is unsafe for their child to attend school, they should keep the child home. The district will regard this action as a legal absence.

The Centers for Disease Control offers tips on how to keep your child safe during extreme cold. For more information, see "Cold Weather Considerations Q and A".