PLEASE READ: Safety Message

I just wanted to share something very scary that happened at my school today, in hopes that this never happens again, at my school or at your school.

Yesterday the temps here were in the 40s. A front came through that brought a crazy amount of rain, and then the temp dropped big time. I don't know exactly how cold it got last night, but today during the day it was about 10 degrees with a strong wind.

My school sits on top of a hill. At the bottom of the hill is "the field," where we have recess and gym holds class when the weather is nice. There is also a subdivision at the bottom of the hill, and the kids who live in that subdivision walk to school.

This morning one of our students was walking to school alone. The student decided to walk across the field instead of walking on the sidewalk.

Well because it had rained the night before and the ground is frozen, the rain water collected at the bottom of the hill. And because it was so cold last night and this morning, it started to freeze over, but it wasn't completely frozen.

As the student was walking across the field, the ice broke and the student fell through. The water came up to the student's chest. As the student was trying to get out of the water, the ice kept breaking. Thankfully there was person standing at the top of hill who saw this unfolding and reported it to a staff member. I don't know how the student was rescued, but from my understanding, it involved using a tractor to pull the student out. The student is understandably shaken, but other than that, fine.

Water and ice is one of my biggest fears. A few years ago in the community I live in (but not where I teach), a 10 year old boy died because he was sledding in the park by the river and the ice broke away.

If you live in a community where water can freeze and it's not unusual for people to go out on the ice, all I'm asking is that you PLEASE talk to your class about staying AWAY from the water/ice. I have that conversation with my class every year. I tell them that they they can only go near water and ice when they are with a responsible grown up. We discussed it again today, and hopefully it will prevent incidents like these from happening in the future.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Geeze! That is scary. Glad no one got hurt!
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  2. Thanks for the reminder and super sorry this incident prompted the reminder. Glad the student is ok.

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family


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