As the weather begins to get colder, please let your students that take the school bus know we need them to wait outside for their bus during morning pick-up. We’ve already seen students wait inside the house, which causes them to miss the bus. In many of these cases, parents have contacted MidCo requesting the bus back-track along their route in order to pick-up their child. This obviously creates a ‘ripple’ effect in the on-time rate with buses to all schools.
To help with this problem, please communicate to your students that it is necessary they wait outside during bus pick-up. This would help minimize the back-tracking and also ensure we don’t place the driver in the difficult position of trying to wait longer than they should along busy roads, thus creating an unsafe condition for both the bus and the kids.
Thanks in advance for your assistance. Please be sure to dress students appropriately. If your child does not have access to appropriate warm weather clothing, please contact our counselor, resources are available. Below is an outline of our district policy on when we have indoor recess due to temperatures.
Cold Weather Outdoor Activity Guide
Following will be our expectation for buildings as well as our communication to parents when they call:
- When cold weather is upon us, buildings will access accuweather for the area http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/hermiston-or/97838/weather-forecast/340195
- If either the “real feel”(which takes into account both wind chill and solar heat) or the actual temperature is below 15 degrees, we will ask that you make accommodations to house students inside for recess and/or pe.
- We also ask that staff carefully monitor students while outside and take necessary steps to ensure students are appropriately clothed/prepared for the cold weather play, watching for signs of frostbite and other cold-related issues.
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