Winter Weather: Important Information

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    School Closure Due to Inclement Weather:

    With the start of winter storms, West Ada School District is again planning and ready for the possibility of school closures. The decision to close schools is a process that is not taken lightly by the district. As storms approach, district staff monitor weather forecasts in preparation to check road conditions during the night and into the early morning before the start of school. If school is canceled because of poor road conditions, information about the closure will be posted on the district website and local media will also be notified.

    All efforts will be made to determine school closure due to winter driving conditions by 5 a.m. on the day of the closure in order to have adequate time to alert parents, students, staff and the community of the school closure.
    Television: Channel 2, KBCI; Channel 6, KIVI; Channel 7, KTVB
    AM Radio Stations: KBOI, 670; KIDO, 630; KGEM, 1140
    FM Radio Stations: KJOT, 105; K-106, 106; K-LITE, 104; KHEZ, 103.3; KIZN, 93.1; KBSU, 90.3
    PowerSchool is the district’s online student information system. PowerSchool provides a way for parents and students to track attendance, grades and class schedules. The district will relay messages regarding school events, reminders, school closures and more using the contact information provided by families in their PowerSchool accounts. The district uses the Blackboard notification system to send out email, phone calls, and text alerts. If you have previously opted-out of receiving any of these messages, you may opt-in again using the directions included in this email and text communication webpage.

    Bus Riders:

    While we strive for timeliness, busses do inevitably get caught in winter weather traffic. Please prepare your student(s) for the possibility of busses being 10-15 minutes late. Please make sure your student(s) is dressed appropriately. Here are some tips to better prepare.
    Cold Weather Bus Stop Tips:
    • As always have students wear bright colors.
    • Be cautious of anything dangling off clothing or backpacks as it can get caught on bus doors.
    • Have student(s) wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.
    • Be sure hats and/or hoods do not obstruct the student(s) ability to hear and see traffic.
    • Cover student(s) mouth to protect his/her lungs from extreme cold.
    • Have student(s) wear shoes with good traction.
    • Use the restroom before getting on the bus!
    • Plan ahead for any medical needs your student may have on the bus.
    Please remind students not to pick and throw snow while waiting at the bus stop. 

    Winter Weather and Recess:

    When temperatures are below 20 degrees students are kept inside rather than being released for recess.

    Frequently Asked Questions About School Closures:

    Q. Who makes the decision to close schools?
    The decision to close schools is made by district staff based on input from the national weather service, local weather broadcasts, and input from staff who check road conditions in various areas of the district.
    Q. Does the district lose funding on "snow days?"
    No. Idaho law allows for emergency closures without financial penalty.
    Q. What if school is not closed but a parent feels conditions are not safe for their child to go to school?
    Decisions about a child's safety are decisions made by parents and families. If a parent decides not to send their child to school because of weather, the parent still needs to notify the school the student will be absent and the reason for the absence is poor weather conditions. The absence will be recorded by the school, but will not be counted toward the loss of credits at the high school level if this absence is the only absence that puts the student over the maximum of three absences per class, per semester. 
    The Idaho Department of Transportation gives tips on what emergency equipment you should have in your vehicle, makes suggestions about how to drive safely on snow and ice, provides a map of highway conditions and closures, and much more. 

    Check out the video below for more safety tips regarding winter weather.