EMERGENCY WEATHER PROTOCOL
As we've already experienced, it may be necessary to close or delay opening school some day because of weather conditions or for other reasons. Parents will be called or you may check local radio/TV stations to find out about school plans in the event of bad weather or hazardous road conditions.
The decision to open or close schools will be announced by 6:30 a.m. If by 7:00 a.m. you have not received a call/text or the radio/TV hasn’t mentioned that our schools will be closed, parents and students should assume that we plan a normal school day. If during the day weather conditions worsen or an emergency occurs, parents need to have alternative plans in case of an early dismissal.
Telephoning schools, the central administrative offices, radio stations or the police department only ties up phone lines that may be needed for emergency business.
Schools may have a delayed start on some days and these announcements will also be reported via phone/text and on local radio/TV stations. When schools are delayed, school buses will run one (1) or two (2) hours later than normal. If road conditions do not improve, an announcement will be made to cancel school, not to create further delays. If road conditions become hazardous during school, school officials will make a decision by 12:30 p.m. whether to continue school or dismiss early.
All-day or early closing of schools will cancel afternoon and evening activities in school buildings. These include athletic activities, student club meetings, parent, community and teacher meetings, and Continuing Education classes.
Please note: Your child must have instructions on where he/she should go in the event it becomes necessary to close school after he/she arrives at school (and you might not be at home). This information will be listed on the Emergency Dismissal form but your child needs to also know.