Unsafe Weather Guidelines | Snow Day Decision Making Process
When a traumatic event or crisis occurs within the District, the Ann Arbor Public Schools resolves to provide planned, specific intervention. The District will do its best to be prepared to meet the needs of affected individuals during any time of crisis. Every staff person has the potential to perform a task or take a role in the management of such a crisis. This plan will serve to direct and guide there roles and actions.
Crisis response activities are organized around six major goals:
- safety of all concerned
- containment of related responses
- prevention of negative psychological "side effects"
- maintenance of appropriate school activities
- coordination of District and site activities
- timely revision and updating of district and site plans
Types of crises to which these procedures apply
The District and/or Site Crisis Response Teams may be activated when any of the following events occur that affect people in the District.
- Violent incident on school property or at a school sponsored event
- Impending or threatened incident
- Deadly or life-threatening accident
- Vehicular accident
- Athletic accident
- Suicide (or serious attempt)
- Drug-related death
- Sudden, unexplained death
- Murder (of staff/student/family-member)
- Highly visible family tragedy
- Media publicized disaster (e.g. airplane crash, civil disaster, bombing)
- Reports of infectious disease or environmental contamination: Rumor control
- Terminal illness
- Aftermath of suicide attempt: potential for "contagion" or repeat attempt
- Recovery rehabilitation after serious injury
- Aftermath of drug overdose
The Safe Schools Task Force will recommend guidelines, policy and upgrade policies and procedures regarding safe schools and crisis management plans. The focus of the Task Force will be prevention, building response and district response to critical incidents.
The Safe Schools Task Force is comprised of a representative of each bargaining unit, social workers, psychologists and counselors, law enforcement, Ann Arbor Police Department, Pittsfield Police Department, Fire Department, Administrators from each level, Capital Planning/Environment, Facilities and Systems.
Unsafe Weather Guidelines
On days when the temperature and/or wind chill are below 0ºF:
Students will not have recess outside
On days when the temperature and/or wind chill are below -20ºF (20 below zero):
Schools will be closed
The National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Warning when wind chills are -25 or colder
The National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Advisory when wind chills are -15 or colder.