Emergency and school closure information is posted to the local media via the FlashAlert system. In the event that school is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, the district’s emergency notification system will call parents at their home number around 6:00 a.m. to announce late start or closure information. If snow routes are in effect, the message will indicate so. Emails and *text messages are sent at the same time.
If no announcement is made, bus routes and pickups will run as usual. Parents are asked to refrain from calling the district office or schools as high call volumes can shut down the phone system.
Inclement Weather Two-Hour Delay Additional Info
If a two-hour delay is implemented on a Wednesday, early release will be cancelled and students will finish the day as if it were a regular day. In the event of a two-hour delay:
- Students should arrive at bus stops two hours later than they normally arrive, but please allow for delays.
- There will be no AM preschool.
- Extended Day will open at 8:30 a.m.
Inclement Weather: Open, Late, or Closed?
On a morning when the threat of hazardous conditions may exist, district staff members begin driving bus routes around 4:00 a.m. to examine road conditions. We consider weather-related situations that students and staff will face as well as the forecast for later in the day. We also monitor the road conditions through our county’s web site. Our school district covers a large region with remote areas and steep terrain in places. While roads may be passable in town, conditions may be very different just a few miles away—in fact, the elevation within the district boundaries varies from 50 to 2,000+ feet. Before we close schools or delay start times, we seek answers to the questions below:
- Can we ensure that buses are able to navigate streets safely?
- Will students be safe waiting for buses, driving, or walking to school?
- What are the predicted weather conditions later in the school day so we can also ensure students a safe return home?
- If we start school late (e.g., two-hour late start), will conditions be substantially improved?
Once the information is gathered, the superintendent makes the decision whether or not to close or delay school. When the decision to close schools or delay the start times is made, we inform parents, students, and staff. Emergency and school closure information is communicated to the local media via the FlashAlert system, and the district web site will display the information sent to media by about 5:00 a.m.
*Text messaging requires a two-step signup: 1) Enter your cell number under the Skylert tab in Skyward Family Access; and 2) give SchoolMessenger permission to text you by texting the word “subscribe” to 67587.