Extreme Cold Procedures

Keeping Our Students Safe During Extreme Cold
Posted on 01/15/2024
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Keeping Our Students Safe During Extreme Cold 

Monday, January 15, 2024


Dear Boise School District Parent/Guardian & Staff Member,


As extreme cold grips our area, we want to remind our school community of the measures we have in place to keep our students safe. Our top priority is always the well-being of our students and staff, and we take this responsibility very seriously. 


Safety First


  • We follow our Extreme Cold Procedures to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff members during periods of frigid temperatures (see Extreme Cold Procedures below). Note: We historically have not closed schools due to extreme cold. 


  • If parents believe it is too dangerous for their child to travel to school, parents have the option to keep their children home, per our Winter Weather Procedures. Please notify your school if you intend to keep your child at home. 


  • School buses may be delayed due to the extreme cold. You may download Durham’s Bus Tracker App to monitor your child’s bus location. 


  • Dress your child appropriately for these extreme weather conditions. For example, wear a warm coat, hat, gloves, and boots. We also recommend providing extra layers for added warmth. 


  • When the temperature and wind chill fall below 20 degrees, students WILL remain indoors for recess and other school-related activities, per our Extreme Cold Procedures


Boise School District’s Extreme Cold Procedures


During periods of extreme cold, each school should determine the criteria for making changes to recess, sports and strenuous activities. The decision-making process may vary from grade to grade.


Conditions that are to be considered:

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Local weather reports
  • Age of students
  • Length of time outside
  • Adequacy of the clothing being worn
  • Recess and Physical Activity/Physical Education Classes:
  • When properly clothed, elementary-aged students can participate in an outdoor environment in most weather conditions. Increased caution should be displayed when temperatures fall below 20 degrees including wind chill.
  • When the temperature and wind chill fall below 20 degrees, students will remain indoors. Schools are to use the wind chill chart posted below.
  • Parents are encouraged to dress their children appropriately for the weather conditions.
  • Schools should try and honor reasonable parent requests or a reasonable request to allow students to stay indoors. Requests based on health conditions will be honored. Specifically, asthmatic children may need special accommodation for their needs during cold weather. The school should work with the parent on a plan for when the child is unable to participate in outdoor activities.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate the challenges of winter weather. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your individual school.




Boise School District Administration