How is the Type of Closure Decided Upon?

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When the weather and road conditions make it difficult for the majority of our students and staff to arrive by regular start times, but conditions indicate that arrival at school later in the day is feasible, the district will call a LATE START. The late start response is rarely used, but is the appropriate choice when travel in the early morning is hazardous, but conditions are expected to improve later in the day. A late start is typically done in 60-minute increments (1, 2, or 3 hours late). Please note that this delay applies to both the start of school for the day and the bus schedule. There may be instances when certain bus routes cannot run even with a delay in start time (often due to the more serious weather conditions that occur in the rural parts of our district). If your child's bus route will not run, the Transportation Department will communicate with you via Blackboard Connect-5 phone and/or email messaging.

When the weather and road conditions allow the majority of our students and staff to make it to school by regular start times, but the conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day, the district will call an EARLY RELEASE. Calling for an early release is often the most difficult weather-related decision for a superintendent; consideration must be given to the desirability of sending students, particularly students at the primary grades, home to an empty house. Please note that the early release applies to both the end of the school day and the bus schedule. There may be instances when certain bus routes cannot run (often due to the more serious weather conditions that occur in the rural parts of our district). If your child's bus route will not run, the Transportation Department will communicate with you via Blackboard Connect-5 phone and/or email messaging. Students living within reasonable walking distance will be dismissed to walk home only at the discretion of the principal. Questionable cases will be handled with a phone conversation between the parents/guardians and the school office. When the district chooses to release students early, all after-school and evening activities are automatically cancelled as well.

When the weather and road conditions make it difficult for the majority of our students and staff to arrive by regular start times and the conditions are expected to remain the same or deteriorate throughout the day, the district will CANCEL SCHOOL. The cancel school response is also appropriate when local law enforcement agencies are advising people to stay off the roads, or when there is a likelihood of interrupted utility services to the school facilities. When the district chooses to cancel school, all after-school and evening activities are automatically cancelled as well.

There are times when school is scheduled to start and end on time, but busing is impacted. In these instances when certain bus routes cannot run (often due to the more serious weather conditions that occur in the rural parts of our district), the Transportation Department will communicate with you via Blackboard Connect-5 phone and/or email messaging. When only busing is impacted, there typically will NOT be an announcement via local media outlets.

 

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