Inclement Weather & Indoor Recess
Murray City School District
Department of Personnel and Student Services Administrative Guidelines & Procedures
Organized sports, recreational activities and recess all contribute to the health and development of our students and should be encouraged and scheduled into the daily routines of all of our schools. Weather conditions need to be considered throughout the school day when students engage in outdoor activities. This is particularly true where our elementary students are concerned.
Rain and Wind
Rain and wind are frequent weather occurrences. Depending on the severity of the rain and/or wind (taking into consideration ambient air temperature, health and safety factors), elementary principals or designees will determine whether students should participate in recess or other outdoor activities.
It is recognized that poor air quality can have an adverse effect on the health of students. When the Air Quality Index is 100 (below 35.4ppm) or lower all students could go outdoors. (35.5-55.4ppm) students with respiratory symptoms and sensitive students stay indoors. When the Air Quality Index reaches over 151 (over 55.4ppm) all students should remain indoors. Principals will exercise discretion when declaring an indoor day within 5-10PM.
During winter months, elementary students must be reminded frequently to come to school dressed for the elements and to be prepared for outdoor recess. On a few occasions, the ambient temperature or the wind chill temperature will dip low enough that outdoor activities would be unwise.
Any time during the school day that the ambient air temperature or wind chill temperature is 15⁰ Fahrenheit (− 9.4⁰ Celsius), or colder, elementary students should be indoors. Any time during the school day that the ambient air temperature or wind chill temperature is between 15⁰ Fahrenheit and 20⁰ Fahrenheit (− 6.7⁰ Celsius), elementary principals or designees will determine whether students should participate in recess or other outdoor activities. Among the weather elements to be considered in this decision would be precipitation, wind, and the condition of playground surfaces and equipment (snow and ice). Additionally, under Board Policy PS 419, at 20⁰ Fahrenheit or colder, elementary and secondary principals or designees should ensure that the doors to the school are open 30 minutes prior to school start time or the arrival of the first bus, if applicable.
For purposes of these administrative guidelines and procedures, the District uses the temperature, humidity, wind speed, other weather indicators, and air quality information reported by local news outlets, on-site weather stations, The Weather Channel, and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
*The web site for The Weather Channel is weather.com. The zip code setting is 84107.
It is the responsibility of the elementary principal or designee to monitor the weather and air quality on a daily basis for their school. In the event that the ambient air temperature or wind chill temperature is below 15 degrees Fahrenheit the district will declare a mandatory in-day for all students. In the event that the Air Quality Index reaches 176 – 300 the district will declare a mandatory in-day for all students.
Recent national school-related tragedies have resulted in many school districts in Utah, including right here in Murray, experiencing an increase in students making phony threats or joking about violence at school. While the intent may be made to tease or for fun, these threats are anything but funny. All threats of violence are taken seriously and investigated by police and school officials, even off-hand comments that appear as “obvious’ jokes”. Those who make threats, even as a joke, may receive school and district level discipline in addition to the very real possibility of criminal charges that will follow them for life.
Please take this opportunity to remind your children that making light of serious matters will bring severe consequences. Although they may think their comment or social media post will only be seen by their close friends, their actions can cause a chain reaction that will quickly move beyond their control. We strongly encourage all parents to be vigilant in monitoring their child’s online behavior. Most of the incidents that have led to students landing in serious trouble were tied to a social media post or some other online comment. Many of them raise concerns about bullying behavior, which is also taken very seriously in the Murray City School District.
Resources such as the SafeUT app and your own school administrators continue as excellent options for reporting unsafe or suspicious behavior, and we encourage everyone to be observant and mindful of anything that looks suspicious.
Remember: If you See Something … Say Something!
We must work together in our homes and community to support the efforts of our schools to educate your children in a safe environment.
Thank you for your help and support in keeping your students safe.
Superintendent, Murray City School District
Parent teacher conferences sign up information
Please click on your child’s teacher’s name and sign up for an appointment for parent teacher conferences. Conferences will be held both Wednesday, February 28th and Thursday March 1st. There will NO school for morning and afternoon kindergarten on March 1st and NO SCHOOL for all students on March 2nd. Sign-ups will be available until February 21st. Instructions on how to access the website can be located PTC sign up information
If you have a child who will be 5 on or before September 1st, it is time to register them for kindergarten. Please fill out the attached document and either return it as soon as possible or email it back to the school. You can email to Mrs. Burnside the school principal at, email@example.com.
Kindergarten orientation will be help April 19that 3:30 PM. Please bring a copy of birth certificate, immunizations, and 2 different proofs of residency with you.
It is now time to nominate your favorite teacher, staff or volunteer here at Liberty!!
We have so many amazing people who give of themselves. I encourage you to take a few minutes and fill out a nomination form. Click here for a nomination form or pick up one in the office. I also encourage you to have your child fill out a nomination form, and in doing so, have them give specific examples of how this teacher or staff member has touched his/her life.
Nominations are due January 26th.
Staff members who have received this prestigious award are:
- 2015- Mrs. Wilkins
- 2014- Mrs. Hohnholt
- 2013-Mrs. Burnside
- 2012- Mrs. Peterson
- 2010- Mrs. Loulias
- 2005- Dr. Johnson