Cold Weather Plans for Families

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Pal-Mac Families:


Typical winter weather has finally arrived and the temperatures are expected to get even lower.


Weather Safety

It is important to talk with children, even teens, about cold weather safety and the extra care needed for personal safety.  


Talk to your child about a cold weather plan if you are not there to help them. Be sure they know: 

  • When to ask for help; 

  • Where to find safe shelter in an emergency; and 

  • How to protect themselves with proper winter clothing and an understanding of danger signs. 

Never assume children know this information.


Explain danger signs and risks of when to seek help: 

  • The child gets cold or wet, especially boots or gloves; 

  • The child feels pain or numbness anywhere especially hands, feet, ears, or nose.

  • The child senses they have waited longer than five minutes after bus arrival when you have alerted them temperatures have dipped into the teens, especially on a windy day; or

  • The child thinks they may have frostbite which behaves like a burn and requires medical attention.

For helpful information about cold weather dangers, please visit FEMA at


School Bus Pickup

When temperatures and wind chills are extremely low, families should 

use caution. Bus drivers will be sensitive to the weather conditions during morning pickups. 


You can also review the process for weather and emergency-related school closures.


School Sports

Activities that are specific to cold weather, such as downhill skiing, can continue even when wind chills are below 20°F. It is critical in these circumstances that frequent warming breaks and adequate hydration occur. Students are to be properly clothed for and educated about the dangers associated with such temperature extremes. Frequent reminders on especially cold days are useful.
No one should be outside when wind chill factors are in the range of -40°F.

The conditions and reports by the respective ski center must be used to determine if skiing can continue or if it needs to cease.


Thank you.


Stay warm and safe Pal-Mac.

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