As we continue to experience below-freezing temperatures and forecasts show the possibility of snow, we want to remind you of our district’s protocols for weather-related closures and delays. The safety of students, families and staff is our top priority, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
We routinely monitor weather forecasts in coordination with the county emergency management office, local highway department supervisors and our district transportation department.
District Protocols for Closing and Delaying School or Canceling Activities
Closing School for the Entire Day
If it appears that students cannot be transported safely to school in the morning or back home at the end of the day, schools will not open. The district will make every attempt to announce snow days or delays by 5:15 a.m. If we anticipate that a winter storm will impact the safety of travel the next morning, we will attempt to make a closure or delay determination the night prior.
If school is closed, all school buildings will be closed for the entire day. Sports, after-school and evening activities will be canceled unless otherwise announced.
Delayed Start of the School Day
A two-hour delay may be utilized when conditions warrant, with the option to close for the full day as we assess road conditions.
If a delayed opening is announced, schools will begin two hours later than their regular schedule. Morning buses will run on a two-hour delay. School will dismiss at the usual time unless other weather or emergency issues occur. A separate determination will be made about whether sports and after-school activities will continue as scheduled.
Afterschool and Evening Activities
If students cannot be transported to and from afternoon and/or evening activities safely, they will be canceled.
Wind Chills and Cold Temperatures
Severe conditions where temperatures and wind chill dip into certain extreme ranges can cause health and safety concerns. When wind chills approaching -20 degrees are predicted, the district may be placed on a cold weather alert. When persistent wind chills of -20 degrees or below are predicted, we are likely to delay or close school.
The district implements additional precautions when we are experiencing frigid conditions that do not result in a delay or closure:
- School buses are available to transport walkers to school and will wait longer at each stop to pick up students.
- School buildings are open up to 15 minutes early.
If there are any changes in school operation hours, the district uses several communication methods to inform parents and community members, as outlined below. School is open on its usual schedule unless otherwise announced.
- Phone calls and text messages
- Remind notifications
- Our website
- Local media stations
It is best to rely on more than one information source, particularly in situations where the weather may cause power outages.
Please remind students to dress appropriately for winter weather.
Winter gloves, hats, and scarves are available at our school buildings for any student in need. For more information, contact our school counselors or school nurses.