Paramount is in the center of the IPS district, so our cold weather policy is modeled off IPS policy. PSOE will typically follow IPS in terms of closure and delays, but may close or delay on days that IPS is open due to site-specific concerns related to student and staff safety. When inclement weather strikes central Indiana, the safety of our students, families and staff is our number one concern. The decision to delay or cancel school and activities is not taken lightly by our seasoned leadership team involved in this critical process.
When snow rolls in overnight or in the early morning, local members of the leadership team are on the streets early. Conditions of both main streets and side roads are assessed to get as complete a picture of conditions as possible. Many factors play into making important and timely decisions: amount and type of precipitation, temperature/wind chill, visibility, status of clearing roads, status of clearing sidewalks, refreeze of melted snow/ice from previous day, blowing snow and continued snow in the forecast.
One of the key factors is the safety of students who walk to Paramount. While there is not a hard-set temperature cutoff to determine a delay or cancellation, our leadership team consults the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s wind chill chart to determine potential dangers due to cold weather. As a general guideline, the threshold of 10 minutes to frostbite would lead to cancellation, but the call may be made at less severe temperatures.
By 5:00 a.m., our leadership team compares conditions across the city to agree on a recommendation to share with the Executive Director, who then makes the final decision on delays and cancellations. Our goal is to have word to all families and staff before 6 a.m. to ensure as much time to align work and childcare plans as possible.
The decision to open, close or delay school is the product of a team of professionals doing their best to keep Paramount students and families safe when weather becomes hazardous, which is an example of our commitment of excellence when serving our community. We also want to ensure students are protected from the cold weather on those chilly days when we remain in session. If your child needs gloves, a coat or other winter gear to stay warm, contact the FACT Team to learn more about support services available to our families.