FHSD Weather Guidelines
District Weather Guidelines can be found here.
The District strives to hold school according to the school calendar adopted by the Board of Education; however, to ensure the safety of the students and staff, there may be times when school will be canceled due to inclement weather. The Francis Howell School District encompasses over 150 square miles, and in that range of space, there will be times when the conditions in some parts of the District may be deemed unsafe while conditions in another part of the District may be deemed safe. The decision to cancel school is made for the entire District—not for a certain area.
The District makes every attempt to reach a decision regarding the closing of school by 5 AM; however, there may be times when the weather conditions are changing rapidly in the early morning hours, and the decision could be delayed.
It is advisable for parents to make the final decision on safe travel conditions for your child. On days when the driving conditions are potentially dangerous, we encourage parents to send your child to school via the school bus. While student drivers are taken into account on days when the driving conditions are poor, student drivers are not the only factor considered. As with driving, parents are encouraged to determine if the outside weather conditions are too cold for their child. While the District strives to make the best decision it can for all students, there may be times when a parent needs to make the final decision on their child’s attendance on a particular day.
It is extremely important for student safety that parents who work during the day make arrangements for someone to care for their children who arrive home early and make certain that their children know where to go if no one is at home when they arrive.
FHSD understands that changing the daily schedule for any reason is disruptive to families. We appreciate your cooperation every day of the year and especially so during times when we are experiencing weather that can be dangerous for our students and staff.