Inclement Weather

The decision to keep schools open or to close them during winter weather conditions is not a simple one, but it is made with one overriding factor in mind: the well-being of our students, their families and staff. It is a good idea to decide in advance how to best keep up with the changes, what childcare arrangements are needed, and how to adjust if schools closed due to inclement weather.

Detailed DPS winter weather and snow day information, including information on how families can find out if school is closed, can be found on the

DPS transportation website or on the DPS announcements page.

Inside Day Procedures

When the weather is turning…

… here’s a reminder about what we do on Inside Days. Parents, guardians and students can assume that rainy, snowy, windy or exceptionally cold days(less than 20 degrees F) are Inside Days. This changes students’ arrival, recess, and dismissal in the following ways:

Dress Appropriately

Regardless of whether we are having an Inside or Outside day, students need to dress appropriately (e.g., coats, boots, mittens, hats, etc.). Students still need to be protected for the journey to/from home/school, as well as the playground, if the weather improves.

Parents of students who come to school unprepared for the weather will be contacted to determine whether the child needs additional clothing delivered from home or requires a donation from the WCE Coat Room.

Arrival Procedures

During inclement weather, students should arrive at 8:45 am or later, unless they are eating breakfast at school. Upon arrival, students will be directed to go to the following locations to be picked up by teachers at 9:00 am.

Morning/arrival (8:45-8:55am)

  • ECE – Students must be signed in by a parent or guardian daily in the classroom. Please park in the east-facing lot on Akron St.
  • K-2nd Grade – Students report to the LIBRARY, which will be supervised by our Librarian and other staff.
  • 3rd-5th Grade – Students report to the GYM, which will be supervised by our Gym teacher and other staff.

Inside Recess

An inside day means inside recess. Staff are assigned to supervise students in a variety of rooms. Please see the main office if you are looking for your child during recess.

Dismissal Procedures

Students who take the bus, attend Kaleidoscope or after-school enrichment programs, and/or need to pick up a younger sibling will follow the same protocol – dismissal at 3:40 pm. Students who are not picked up by 4:00 pm will be brought to the main office to wait for their parents.

Students will be dismissed at the following locations for parent pick-up (ECE 3:40pm | K-5th 3:45pm)

  • ECE-1st Grade – Students’ classrooms
  • 2nd Grade – West entrance, 1st floor/classrooms
  • 3rd Grade – West entrance, 1st floor
  • 4th Grade – In hallway, 0utside cafeteria
  • 5th Grade – East entrance on 1st floor

To minimize congestion in our hallways at these busy times, we ask that parents/families leave the building immediately after dropping off or picking up students. Thank you in advance for being prompt and leaving strollers and large items at home on these days.

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