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
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:
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.
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 their homeroom classrooms.
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.
Students who take the bus, attend Discovery Link or after-school enrichment programs, and/or need to pick up a younger sibling will follow the same protocol – dismissal at 3:45 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)
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.