Emergency School Closings
Who makes the decision to close school?
In accordance with district policy, all school closings and/or schedule changes are decided by the Superintendent or his designee. The most compelling reason for closing schools will be the safety of students and employees. Decisions to cancel or shorten the regular school day and after-school activities shall be made by the Superintendent or his designee in consultation with other staff, and may include consultation with local city personnel and neighboring school districts, as appropriate. The Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds and the Supervisor of Transportation will consult with the Superintendent to ensure facilities are able to receive students and buses are able to run routes. Decisions on school closings and late starts will be made as early as possible – either the night before or as early in the morning as possible.
Why would the district consider closing or delaying the school day?
The decision may be the result of inclement weather, loss of power, water main break and/or other emergency situations that may occur within the district. The Superintendent works with the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds to verify the conditions of the roads and the ability for all buses to start and drivers to be able to arrive in time for routes to run.
When are decisions made to cancel school?
Whenever possible, the decision to close school will be made by 6:00 a.m.
How will staff/families be notified?
All school closing information will be communicated by the Superintendent or designee through:
- Parent/Staff Notification System (automated voicemail)
- District & School websites
- Social Media
- Local Media Outlets
How will the district determine Late Starts and Early Dismissals?
Late starts and early dismissals are inherently difficult for many programs and families. With this in mind, the administration will do its best to keep these to a minimum. Early dismissals will be determined as conditions dictate. All families should have a contingency plan for their children in the event of school closings.
What about After-School and Evening Activities?
Decisions to cancel after-school and evening activities will be made by 3 p.m. and will not necessarily be tied to a school closing. This decision will be made by the Superintendent in consultation with the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds and the Athletic Director.
What about Weekend Events and/or Facility Rentals?
Weekend events and/or facility rentals will be determined by appropriate Community Education and athletic staff and communicated via local media outlets.