Arctic air blowing into our region has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind chill warning for the Spokane and surrounding areas on Wednesday morning. We should expect temperatures around zero with 10 mph to 20 mph winds, which could create a wind chill of 20 below zero – enough to freeze exposed skin.

The Weather Service says the cold should start to ease by the weekend when precipitation arrives, probably starting as snow early in the week.

Students who walk to school or wait at school bus stops should be dressed appropriately for these extremely cold temperatures. If you have particular concerns regarding your child’s safety getting to or from school, please call the DPSD Transportation Dept. at 464-5530. Proper outerwear should include boots, hats, gloves or mittens, a warm coat and possibly even snow pants.

Please remember that in icy and/or snowy conditions motorists should use extra precaution when following or approaching a school bus – as we know, school buses make frequent stops as they load and unload students. Remember that laws require motorists to stop when the school bus stop arm is extended and red lights are flashing.  Also, please be extra careful when driving near schools or when dropping off or picking up your child. We want everyone to be safe on the icy roads.

Obviously, living in the Pacific Northwest means that weather conditions may change daily. In the event that inclement weather should necessitate a delay in the start of school or the closing of all schools, we will continue to use the SchoolMessenger calling system to quickly and conveniently share information with all families (of course, we will still inform the local news agencies so that TV and radio stations can broadcast accurate information). We will also work hard to keep the district website updated with weather related announcements as necessary.

Thank you for taking time to make sure that your children are prepared for the challenges that these abnormal temperature present.