Flathead County Coverage

Dec 4, 2013 3:29 PM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News

Cold snap not keeping Flathead students indoors

KALIPSELL - The Flathead Valley may be amidst another cold snap right now, but temperatures aren't cold enough yet to keep kids inside during recess.

Each Flathead County school district has its own policy on cold weather - but typically, local schools will keep students inside for the entire day if temperatures drop to zero or below.

We spoke with several superintendents who told us they also factor wind chill and inclement weather conditions into their decision.

The temperatures aren't expected to drop to zero during the daytime this week, so parents are encouraged to make sure kids come to school dressed for the weather - that includes a warm coat, gloves, hat, and snow pants.

"Kids like to go outside and play in the snow, and it's important that they have the proper clothing so that they're not coming in, having snow melt on them and get them wet. It's really about being dressed for Montana winters and being prepared for that," Kalispell Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Dan Zorn explained.

Schools also allow students to come inside the building before school starts in the morning - when temperatures drop to at least zero.

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