With winter weather approaching, the possibility of school closings is upon us. Closings due to inclement weather or other emergencies are broadcast on all local radio and television stations. We ask that parents avoid calling the schools or stations since incoming calls tie up phones and delay notification.
Decisions on whether or not to close schools due to snow or extreme cold are often difficult since forecasts about if and when bad weather will arrive are often inaccurate. Periodically, forecasts are definitive enough that school can be called off in time for the nightly news. Most of the time, however, the decision is based on reports from district supervisors who are assigned the task of driving our roads between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on the days that bad weather is forecast. We attempt to contact all TV stations as early as we can so that parents can get the information they need in a timely manner.
In addition to snow, wind chill factors can also be a determining factor. A wind chill of more than 15 degrees below zero brings consideration for closing school due to the large number of students that wait outdoors for buses in our district. Safety is our greatest concern! The most difficult situation is when bad weather arrives immediately after the decision is made to keep schools open. In such cases, we respect the right of parents to make their own decisions based on neighborhood road and weather conditions. If it becomes necessary to make up school days, the school calendar may be amended using hours at the end of the school year.
An additional tool called Black Board Connect may also be used to contact parents who are part of that system. If you did not sign-up for the Black Board Connect system please contact your child’s principal for details.