Take precautions during cold weather

Herkimer CSD encourages parents to make certain their children take appropriate precautions when severe cold settles in to this area.

All students, young and old, should dress for the weather — long pants, winter coats, hats, scarves, mittens, etc. Students should limit their time outdoors waiting at a bus stop or walking to school.

The district uses a simple rule when deciding what to do about cold weather—if the wind chill is -25°F or lower, school will be closed or delayed. (The Herkimer BOCES Safety Service notes that frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 30 minutes at -25°F.)

Our region is subject to periods of cold weather and properly dressed students should be able to safely travel between school and home, even in cold temperatures. Parents should exercise their own judgment when deciding whether to send their children to school on these days.