School Closure & Delay Notifications
The decision to close or delay school is taken seriously and requires multiple agencies to work collaboratively to arrive at the safest decision. While schools are held to mandatory days of attendance, student safety is our highest priority. If we utilize additional weather days beyond the allotted amount, we must make days up by using previously scheduled vacation time.
A decision to delay or close is typically made by 5 AM, after multiple conversations with highway superintendents, weather experts, law enforcement, district personnel, and officials from other school districts nearby.
Delays can range from 1 - 3 hours, but the most common delay schedule utilized is a two-hour delay. When the decision to delay is made, we ask how much time is needed for roads to become safe for travel.
When a delay must become a closure, that decision is typically made prior to 7:30 AM.
School / District Closure
For employees, we differentiate between a school, or district closing. A district closing is typically used for times when a county-wide state of emergency exists and travel bans are in place.
A Code Blue is used for extreme weather conditions, usually extremely low temperatures.
District policy generally limits school transportation to all students K-8 and students in grades 9-12 living beyond 1.5 miles of the High School. However, when a Code Blue is in effect, all students will be offered transportation regardless of the distance between their home and their school building. Code Blue bus routes can be found here.
The District utilizes multiple sources to notify parents about delays, closures, and Code Blue, including:
District website / Social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) – 5:00 AM
School phone call, email, and / or text message or app push notification – 6:00 AM
Local TV and radio stations – 6:00AM