Cold Weather Guidelines

Our highest priority is the safety of every student in the Francis Howell School District. The District has adopted procedures to be used when unfavorable weather conditions could make it unsafe to reasonably expect students to go out for recess or travel to school.

It is the District’s policy that during cold weather, the decision for outside recess will be based on weather; factors such as wind chill, snow, rain, cloud cover, wind, etc. will determine whether or not it will be beneficial for children to go outside. 
The District follows these procedures for cold temperatures and/or wind chill advisory:

  • If the temperature or wind chill is under 15 degrees, all activities must be held indoors.

  • If the temperature or wind chill is 15-20 degrees, outdoor activity is limited to 10 minutes.

  • If the temperature is 20 degrees or higher, outdoor activity is limited to 20 minutes.

  • If the temperature is above 32 degrees, activities can be held without restrictions.


Extremely cold weather can be very dangerous. Parents and guardians should be certain that their children are appropriately clothed with mittens, hats, coats, etc.,
so they can be comfortable both inside and outside. Most days your student is going outside for some period of time either at recess or traveling to/from school.

The decision to close schools due to inclement weather or extreme temperatures will be based on a combination of temperature, weather conditions, and condition of District roads. The District makes every attempt to reach a decision regarding the closing of school by 5:00 AM. However, as I am sure you are aware, many times the weather conditions change rapidly in the early morning hours that could cause a decision to be made at a later time.  

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