Winter weather can can pose a challenge to our student due to cold temperatures and snowy conditions. When appropriate school will be in session. Please dress your children appropirately for cold weather. Students should be dressed in layers to accommodate cold temperatures while waiting for the bus and to accommodate the change in temperature in their classroom.
Time spent outside is an important part of the school day. Our school district has a set criteria for determining conditions that allow for outside activities. Please make sure your child is properly clothed should they be exposed to fresh air and engaged in outsoor activities during recess. Students should wear a heavy jacket, hat, mittens or gloves, scarf, and boots.
In addition, students should be on time at the bus stop. However, sometimes buses will be late due to weather and/or road conditions, and in those cases, students are not expected to wait more than 15 minutes for their bus to arrive. If possible, parents should drive their children to school if their bus is more than 15 minutes late.
If a bus is running late – our bus companies do their best to alert the school and the Transportation department. Parents/guardians can now check where their student's regular bus is in real-time through the FirstView bus app. Download the FirstView app from your device’s app store to know when the bus will arrive. Email, push and/or text notifications can inform families of such information instantly.
Other tips for students:
Students should wait for the bus several feet off the road in a safe place. The roads can be slippery.
Use the handrail when boarding and exiting the bus to prevent slips and falls on icy steps.
Keep head and limbs inside the bus windows to prevent frostbite and other injuries.
Before crossing in front of the bus, wait for an “all clear” from the driver.
Don’t play on snow piles at the bus stop — you could slide into the street.
Don’t try to retrieve personal items from under the bus that may have fallen — the driver can’t see you.
Don’t push or shove when getting on or off the bus.
Don’t chase the bus or grab the bus when it’s moving.
Tips for parents and guardians: When possible, wait with your child on the bus stop to ensure his or her safety. Parents should use extra caution in school zones and at bus stops, especially where snow piles exist.
If a student misses the pick-up, don’t try to catch the bus at another stop. Drive the student all the way to school.
Don’t follow buses too closely with your car — they make frequent stops.
Always stop for red flashing signals on a bus. Don't drop your child off at school before 8:35 am. This is when staff are on duty to supevise students unless your child is officially enrolled in scope.
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