Severe Weather During the School Day | Unsafe Winter 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.
When inclement weather is predicted the district administration monitors the weather and weather bureau postings. Each school has an emergency weather radio that also alerts them to the warnings and watches. During a tornado warning students and staff are alerted by a short school alarm and an all school announcement over the public address system. Students are ushered into the halls, away from windows. If students are outside they are immediately ushered inside the school to the safe locations. If students are boarding buses they are immediately brought inside to the safe location. If students are on the bus the Transportation Department will notify the drivers where to proceed with the students, usually to the closest school or community center to wait out the warning. Students are with staff at all times.
We ask parents not to show up at schools during an active warning to pick up your student. If parents are waiting at school for a pick up, they are encouraged to come into the school to wait until the warning is cleared along with the students. It is for the safety of your student that we advise no student be released during a warning. If a parent insists we will ask you to sign out your student but be aware that the office staff may be in the safe location in the school during the warning and unable to answer the phone or greet you at the office.
We will do all we can to notify parents via Schoolmessenger email and phone call when a weather warning detains students at school. Our first priority is to ensure all students are safe and accounted for and we will do this first then send out the notice.
If a warning occurs while students are in route or boarding buses, the buses will stop and ensure students are in safe shelter locations. Please do not risk your own life by waiting at a bus stop during a warning. We will take care of your students until the warning is over.
When the warning is over and the all clear has been issued we will notify families of the progress of bus service and the option to pick up your child. At the elementary schools we will not release walkers to walk home after a warning without proper notification from parents first.
Working together we can ensure the safety of the students, staff and parents during a severe weather warning.
Thank you for your understanding and your assistance in the future in following these 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.