Cold Weather

Temperature and Wind Child Factor

These are the expectations that the Waitsburg School District will follow in regards to outside recess/PE during cold weather.

  • When cold weather is upon us, buildings will access AccuWeather for the area

  • If the “real feel” (which takes into account both wind chill and solar heat) is below 15 degrees, we will ask our staff to make accommodations to house students inside for recess and/or PE.

  • Our staff will carefully monitor students while outside and take the necessary steps to ensure students are appropriately clothed/prepared for the cold weather, watching out for signs of frostbite and other cold-related issues.

  • Additionally, we ask each school to assess outside area conditions for snow, ice, slippery conditions and determine whether outdoor activities should be conducted based on safety concerns (separate from the temperature guidelines).

wind chill and temperature outdoor play chart

(Image credit: Child Care Aware of North Dakota)

Parents, we also ask for your collaboration by making sure that your student is dressed appropriately (wearing enough layers, gloves, scarf, etc.) for school based on the temperature outside. If your student does not have a jacket, please feel free to speak with a teacher or school counselor.