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Weather-related closures and the LPOSD

| March 7, 2023 1:00 AM

In North Idaho, we are not strangers to cold temperatures or snow. We also have a culture of speaking out about our opinions. This is a good thing.

However, I have been shocked by the tone and coarseness of some parents in the last two weeks, who have had strong feelings about the district’s decision to remain open. I want to empower and remind parents — ultimately you are in charge of whether or not your children attend school in inclement weather. The students’ absences are excused if you find conditions to be unsafe in your area.

Some facts about weather-related closures: LPOSD is a geographically large school district. We have many microclimates in our district, causing significant differences in snow accumulation and windchill throughout the 998 square miles of LPOSD.

A team of individuals determines if an emergency closure is necessary by 4:45 a.m. This decision is based on current and predicted conditions throughout our diverse district landscape, and whether buses can safely transport students. You can always count on a closure when the ambient temperature is -10°F. Please remember that for every person who is upset about schools being open, there is likely another family thankful for a warm lunch provided for their child in a heated cafeteria.

We thank you for your feedback, both positive and negative. Please consider … there is never going to be a decision that pleases every family. Looking forward to sunshine and warmth in the months to come! Until then, enjoy this snowy ski haven we live in.

KRISTIN HAWKINS

Sandpoint

LPOSD parent and community relations liaison