When temperatures are predicted to reach extreme lows, Fayette County Public Schools considers a combination of factors -- including ambient temperature, wind chill, precipitation, road conditions, sidewalk conditions, and weather forecasts – in deciding whether to use an NTI day, cancel school, or delay the start of school. The district has not set a specific temperature, but would start considering a change to the school schedule if temperatures were forecast to be below 0 degrees and/or a wind chill advisory has been issued. The National Weather Service issues a wind chill advisory when wind chills of -10 to -24F are expected and a wind chill warning when wind chills of -25F or lower are expected.
Student safety is the district’s top priority, and we try to ensure that school buildings are a warm, safe, and ideal place for students to be when the weather is extremely cold. FCPS relies on families to make sure children are dressed appropriately. Ideally, students need winter hats, gloves, heavy coats, and boots. Layering thin pieces of dry clothing is best in extremely low temperatures. If you need help with winter clothing, please ask at your child's school.
FCPS respects the right of each family to make decisions they feel are in the best interest of their children.
Questions: District spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall, (859) 381-4101 or 699-1441.