FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — For the middle of Winter Weather Preparedness Week, we're going to take a look at winter weather safety for schools.
Most schools have several sources to receive weather information, including NOAA weather radio, local radio, television, internet, and paging systems.
Schools’ winter plans include delaying the start of school, letting school out early, and canceling classes based on the forecast or observed conditions.
When winter weather watches are issued, school administrators hold discussions about what their plans will be.
When the watches become winter weather warnings or winter weather advisories, then delays, early closures, or cancellations are issued.
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Temperature, snow, freezing rain and road conditions are all factors determining what a school will do.
Often, officials will test road conditions before deciding what to do.
Local radio and television stations will publicize the school closings or delays.
They also will broadcast closings or delays for other organizations too.
You can catch those delays or closings on FOX 55 for inclement weather.
You can also find the delays and closings here.
Schools also have mobile communication plans for bus drivers, students, and teachers to tell them about changes from the normal schedule.
Bus drivers are told to be cautious when falling snow or dense fog make it hard to see children waiting for the bus.
They are also aware of the signs of hypothermia and frostbite in case kids are waiting at the bus stops for a long time.
On Thursday, we look at winter safety plans for your home, work and vehicle.