Living in Michigan, snow and ice are inevitable. It is important that families are informed of school closings and delays. When weather conditions or utility problems cause a change in the school day schedule, local radio and television stations are notified, information is sent to enrolled families via the district’s SchoolMessenger system, and the information is shared on the district’s website, www.fhps.net, Facebook page, facebook.com/fhps.net, and Twitter feed, twitter.com/FHPSnews.
When school is closed due to winter weather conditions, after-school activities for the day typically will be canceled at all levels unless specified otherwise. Also, all Community Services classes held for youth and adults are canceled when school is closed.
But snow and ice aren’t the only things that may cause school closures in Forest Hills, as experienced in previous years with the extreme windchills. As a general guide, school superintendents in West Michigan, in consultation with the National Weather Service, many years ago developed a marker of a sustained windchill reading of -30 (F) as the boundary for school closure and/or event cancellation. Although it is extremely rare for our region to experience sustained windchill readings at this level, it has occurred. At this windchill reading, the time children would reasonably wait at a bus stop opens up the chances for frostbite and other health complications. Forest Hills administrators watch weather conditions and temperatures very carefully each morning.
Regardless if windchill readings necessitate a closing or not, we do know that Michigan’s winters can be frigid. Always remember to make sure you and your children are prepared for unusually cold temperatures these coming months and stay up to date with information from local news media stations and the district’s communication channels.