By Tara Gibson - January 9, 2020
With temperatures dropping across the United States as winter settles in, it’s important that K-12 schools and districts have a good understanding of potential winter safety hazards that could impact students, faculty, and staff. Winter weather can certainly take its toll, with heavy snow and freezing rain being responsible for numerous traffic fatalities each year.
Weather.gov explains that hundreds of deaths and injuries from hypothermia, exposure, and frostbite are reported each year as bitter cold air masses plunge into the United States during the winter. For this reason, schools must be on alert for winter weather dangers and fully understand what safety hazards to be prepared for.
Usually winter storms are relatively slow to develop taking one to three days to mature, according to Weather.gov’s School Weather Safety Plan. This is good news for schools as they can monitor and prepare with advanced notices of winter storms. The School Weather Safety Plan outlines some of the following winter weather situations that administrators should be on the lookout for:
There are a few things your K-12 school can do to prepare for winter weather. Being ready for a winter storm or extreme temperatures can ensure student safety as well as safety for your faculty and staff.
Tara is a Marketing Coordinator on the Rave Mobile Safety marketing team. She loves writing about all things K-12, State & Local, Higher Ed, Corporate, and Healthcare, and manages the Rave social media channels. When she's not working, she's taking care of her smiley, shoe eating, Instagram-famous fur baby, Enzo!
The shocking rise of mass school shootings over the last few years has brought school safety initiatives to the...