Winter Weather/Snow Day Procedures:
School Closing: If winter weather conditions are of such a nature that the overall safety of students would be greatly jeopardized and the operations of the school district would be significantly impaired, a decision to cancel school will be made by 6:00 a.m. on the morning of a school day.
If school is cancelled, a SchoolReach phone message will be sent to all students' and employees' phone numbers on file. Local news media will also be notified. Tune to the following local radio or television station for notification of such closings:
Parents and employees can subscribe to have SchoolReach Emergency Weather Notifications sent to them at a particular phone number by contacting the board clerk, Paula Kovacic, at 620-473-3121.
Decisions to close schools are based on a number of variables including actual and projected snowfall, icing and wind-chill factors, ability of the bus fleet to transport students, and assessment of street and road conditions, including snow/ice treatment and removal. Power and heat to buildings is also a factor that is considered.
Early Dismissal: If a winter weather condition develops while school is in session, early dismissal of school may be required. If a decision is made during the school day, the different types of communication listed above would also be used to notify parents and employees.
Late Buses/Late Start: During times of severe weather, conditions may be of such a nature that buses may be running late. If such occurs, specific information will be relayed to local news media. Schools will notify parent/guardians.
Emergency Situations: On rare occasion, an emergency situation may arise that could force the closing or early dismissal of one or more schools. If such occurs, specific information will be relayed to local news media. Schools will notify parents/guardians.
Families trust schools to keep their children safe during the day. The unfortunate reality is that the Humboldt Public Schools may be touched either directly or indirectly by a crisis of some kind at any time. Natural disasters such as floods, fire, or tornadoes can strike our community with little or no warning. Human made crises range in scope and intensity from incidents that directly or indirectly affect a single student to ones that impact the entire school and community. Humboldt children and youth can rely on and find great comfort in the adults who protect them at school. Thanks to the efforts of principals, teachers and other staff in Humboldt, our schools remain a safe haven for our students. Teachers and staff know how to help their students through a crisis and return them home safely. Being prepared and well trained contributes directly to the safety and security of your children and the school staff. Successful, safe and effective schools are also those with high levels of parent and caregiver involvement. You are vital to your student’s emotional well-being, academic progress and safety. The more you involve yourself in your student’s school life, the more aware of safety and security issues and solutions you will be.
School Crisis Response
Parents/Guardians Response to a Crisis at School:
“Schools are still among the safest places for our young people to be.” -National School Safety Center
USD #258 Humboldt Schools has a wide variety of personnel, plans, programs and partnerships to ensure the safety of our students and staff at school.
Creating safe Humboldt schools is an ongoing process that focuses on the research, development and implementation of initiatives to support the safety, security and academic achievement of our students at school and in the community. Humboldt Schools, Emergency Preparedness, and Homeland Security Initiatives include the following:
OUR FOCUS IS, AND WILL REMAIN, ON CREATING AND MAINTAINING THE BEST POSSIBLE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH STUDENTS CAN LEARN, ACHIEVE AND BE SUCCESSFUL AND SAFE.