With winter weather on the way, we wanted to remind MCSD students, families, and staff members about our Cold Weather Delay/Closing guidelines.
In the event of an unscheduled school closing, delay or early/late dismissal it is our goal to notify the community in an efficient and timely manner. This page shows the many ways we use to provide that notification.
Cold Weather Delay/Closing Guidelines
If the National Weather Service issues a wind chill WARNING in effect at the start of the operational school day, there may be a 2-hour late start. However, if the wind chill warning will not be lifted by 10:30 am there will be no school that day. The time the warning is issued may affect the decision to delay school. The closer the warning is made to the start of the operational school day, the district will consider other factors in making the decision. The start of the operational school day is 6 a.m.
The district will make the official announcement of a school delay or closing through the automated calling system, social media, and other media sources. The protocol for wind chill advisory and warning is intended to provide a guideline but it does not replace the responsibility of the district to make the best decision for most students and families.
The Difference Between Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings
Wind Chill Advisories or Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service. It’s helpful to understand what these terms mean in terms of possible late starts or school cancellations, and even more importantly, to have information on some best practices in helping students dress appropriately for very cold weather. Past practice has been that the Superintendent would only call a two-hour late start or a cancellation due to weather if a wind chill warning is issued by the National Weather Service.
Wind Chill Advisory is issued by the National Weather Service when the wind chill is low enough (near 20-25 degrees below ) that it poses a threat if adequate precautions are not taken. Frostbite can occur within 30 minutes on exposed skin
Wind Chill Warning is issued by the National Weather Service when the wind chill reaches 30 degrees below zero or lower. This means that frostbite can occur within 15 minutes on exposed skin.
Some recommendations for dressing for these temperatures include the following:
- Wearing several lighter layers of clothing. Layers allow you to adapt to changing weather conditions. Layers will also create an air space between the skin and the old and this space helps to insulate against the cold.
- Light-weight synthetic materials are a good choice for the layer next to your skin. For the middle layer consider wool or fleece (you might even have several thin layers). The outer layer is to help protect you from the wind and water. Waterproof or water-resistant materials such as nylon are especially good for the outer layer. Coats with hoods are helpful for students in case they misplace a hat.
- A hat and scarf are important, even if your child’s coat has a hood. Cover all exposed areas (head, ears, face, and neck).
- Layering applies to your hands and feet, too. Wear two pairs of socks: a thin pair against your skin and a thicker sock on top of that. When wearing gloves and mittens try putting a thin pair of gloves on first and placing a thicker or waterproof pair over them.
If your student needs additional clothing for cold weather, please contact your school counselor’s office or the main office at your school. Staff members will work to assist your child.
As always, parents can make the decision to keep their children home from school if they feel that weather conditions pose a hazard. Please call the school to let the office know if your child will not be attending classes that day.
The school district uses a notification service known as ParentSquare to initiate automated phone calls or mass-email messages. A large number of phone numbers can be called and texted in a short amount of time. The phone numbers for each student or faculty member are polled from our student database system. Download the ParentSquare app available for iPhones and Android devices to log in to your account. It is very important that these numbers be kept current. If you have any questions please call the building secretary where your student attends.
TV, Radio and Newspaper Sites
In the event there is a need to close, delay, or dismiss the Muscatine School District early, the following news media will be notified….
For more information please refer to the following document (in PDF format) which explains the district’s policy on closing schools.
|TV Stations||Radio Stations|
|WHBF (CBS) Channel 4||KWPC – AM 860|
|KWQC (NBC) Channel 6||WLLR – FM 103.7|
|WQAD (ABC) Channel 8||KCQQ – FM 106.5|
|KLJB (FOX) Channel 18||KUUL – FM 101.3|
|KMXG – FM 96.1|
|KZIA – FM 102.9|
|KGYM – AM 1600|
Our Web Site
We will post an alert on our web site as well. The alert is a large red box that will look similar to the screen shot below.