While we do our best to keep our schools open whenever possible, there are days when the weather is so severe that it is impossible to ensure our children can get to school safely. Below is a breakdown of how the District makes decisions regarding weather closures, how and when we notify families, and information on make-up days should they be needed.
When inclement weather is predicted, we begin to assess conditions the day before, with student safety as our number one priority. The variables we consider include the following:
- Local weather forecasts
- Road conditions
- Temperature (-20° F or colder) and Wind Chill (A wind chill of -35° F is dangerous as exposure for more than 20–30 minutes makes skin susceptible to frostbite.)
- If buses are operating, if drivers are available, and if buses can navigate the roads safely
- If our staff can arrive at school safely
- If our school buildings are functioning properly (e.g., power/ furnaces/heat/water/phones)
Communication to FamiliesWe strive to notify families of a closure as soon as possible. If a decision can be made the day before a closure, the communication will be sent no later than 9:30 p.m. In the event of a day-of closure, a communication will ideally be sent between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. Setting these time parameters eliminates the need for families to check emails overnight while still allowing enough time to make child care arrangements when necessary.
- Remote Instruction
- How are communications sent?
- What if weather hits when school is already in session?
- Afterschool Activities
- Make-up Days
- The Final Decision