When deciding whether to close schools, safety is our top priority. We consider many factors, including road conditions, wind chill, and downed power lines.
On nights when the weather is threatening, District staff members assess weather conditions, consult with members of the Town of Lansing Highway Department, and communicate with neighboring school districts to assess road and sidewalk conditions.
Severe cold temperatures can also lead to closing schools. The Monroe County Department of Health recommends that we begin considering closing schools if the wind chill is expected to reach between -25 and -40 degrees. We follow that guideline. To protect children from the elements in cold weather, please ensure that they: are dressed warmly in layers of windproof clothing; have spare, dry gloves and socks with them; have adequate head covering, ear protection, and gloves; know not to remain outdoors if they become wet, cold, or experience pain or numbness in any part of their body, particularly the tips of their ears, noses, fingers, or toes; and, have a safe place to go in an emergency or if there is a delay in their pick up from slow traffic and they need assistance to stay warm.
Each year we allot time for anticipated snow days. While we try not to exceed the designated number of days, we will never compromise the health and safety of our children and staff in extreme weather conditions that may require us to close.
As always, it is up to you as parents or guardians to make the final decision as to whether your children will attend school on a given day. If you feel the weather is too severe, you have the right to keep your children home. In that case, it is essential that you contact the school to alert them of your children’s absence and to arrange for missed work so they do not fall behind in school. In such cases, missed days without justification for impassable roads or medical reasons are logged as illegal absences.