Message Regarding Extreme Cold Weather Closing Criteira

With colder weather affecting Jamestown, the district would like to inform parents/guardians and the community about the district’s reasoning for closing schools due to extreme cold weather.

“School buildings are warm, safe and an ideal place for students to be, especially when it is extremely cold but we do understand that Jamestown is a walking district,” said JPS Superintendent Bret Apthorpe. “I have to make the decision on whether or not to close schools based on weather conditions and what is in the best interest of children’s well-being. Student safety is always my number one priority but there are many factors that go into a decision to close school.”

With wind chills being forecasted for this week, the district would like to explain the difference between a wind chill advisory and a wind chill warning. At minus 25 degrees or warmer, the National Weather Service may issue a wind chill advisory. Once the wind chill hits minus 25 degrees or colder, the National Weather Services issues a wind chill warning. However, temperature is just one of many variables the district considers in closing schools for extreme cold weather.

The JPS Director of Building & Grounds and the Superintendent monitor the weather and road conditions on a daily basis during winter months. The Director of Building & Grounds and the Superintendent begin checking weather conditions the day before and then again in the early morning. By 5:30 a.m., the Superintendent will make a decision to close schools. In extreme weather conditions, the decision to close schools may be made the night before.

Parents/guardians have the final decision on whether their child should attend school based on weather conditions. The district also encourages parents to ensure that students are appropriately dressed for winter weather conditions while waiting at the bus stop or walking to and from school if a school closing is not called for that day.

To find out first if the Jamestown Public Schools has issued a school closing, please follow JPS Superintendent Apthorpe’s Twitter @JamestownSupt. The district will use its automated calling system to notify parents/guardians and staff. Announcements will also be on area radio and television stations, on the JPS Facebook Page (@JamestownPublicSchools), JPS Twitter (@JamestownSchool) and at www.jamestownpublicschools.org.

posted on 01/02/2018 - filed under: Parents, Spotlight, Students