BPS Advises Students to Stay Warm While Traveling To and From School
Stay warm! Superintendent Chang issued the following letter January 2, 2018, to the BPS community with tips on how to stay warm in frigid temperatures while traveling to and from school:
Happy New Year and welcome back to school.
We are expecting bitterly cold temperatures tomorrow morning. While the forecasted temperatures are not severe enough to cause us to cancel school, we do ask families to take extra precaution to ensure your student is dressed appropriately for this cold weather and remains safe while traveling to and from school. Please also check the “Where’s My School Bus” app and look for communications from BPS to learn of potential weather-related busing delays.
The National Weather Service offers the following tips on how to dress for cold weather:
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you.
- Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded.
- Wear a hat, because much of your body heat can be lost from your head.
- Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
- Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
- Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
You can learn more about the effects of wind chill in a National Weather Service online brochure available at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/cold/resources/wind-chill-brochure.pdf. The site offers safety tips to help prevent hypothermia and identify signs of frostbite, which include the loss of feeling and white or pale appearances in extremities — such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
Please take the time to talk to your child about the importance of dressing for winter weather, and protecting exposed skin when wind-chill conditions reach critical thresholds. We want to make sure all of our students remain safe, healthy and ready to learn.
Tommy Chang, Ed.D.