Weather and closures
Dressing for the cold
Anchorage is a northern climate city, and much of the school year falls during winter. Whether walking, driving or riding the bus to and from school, all students need to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Hypothermia and frostbite can occur in minutes. Even students that drive to school should be prepared for the cold in case of breakdowns or accidents. Although popular fashion trends may not include winter hats, gloves, heavy coats and boots, parents should insist on their child wearing such items when the temperature or wind chill factor is low.
Elementary school students will go outside for daily recess unless the temperature or wind chill factor reaches minus 10° F (minus 24° C). Recess provides an important break for students, and is a chance to recharge energy for the remainder of the day. Just the process of suiting up and getting outside provides a needed change. A doctor's written excuse will allow a child to remain indoors during cold or inclement weather, but any child well enough to come to school is generally well enough to go outside.