Winter is almost here. As we have our first dusting of snow in the forecast, we want to let you know our plan for inclement weather days, as well as the process involved in making the snow day decision. Because in-person instruction is so important, we will be utilizing make-up days, not NTI, on inclement weather days. The make-up days, as set by the OCBE last spring, will be as follows: May 23, May 24, May 25, February 21, May 6, and May 26, in that order.
We understand that our decision on whether or not to close schools during inclement weather has a big impact on our families. As always, when we make that decision, our number one priority is the safety of students and staff.
There are several steps we take when deciding on closing or delaying school start times. We start implementing our plan as soon as there is a forecast of possible snow. We have a team who closely monitors the weather throughout the night. They check the radar, consult with local meteorologists, and if necessary, drive the roads to check conditions. All areas of the county are covered by this experienced team as they check the routes our buses travel. At 5:00 a.m., they conference to discuss their findings, and come to consensus on the recommendation they will make. The superintendent then makes the call to cancel, delay, or go as scheduled based on their information. Once that decision is made, we go to the next phase of the plan if we decide to cancel or delay: public announcements.
We send out notifications first through Infinite Campus Messenger, then Facebook, Twitter and our website. Our goal is to have that notice out by 5:30 a.m. We then notify the media so we can get the information out on television news stations. Please note: we only notify if there is a delay or closing.
We will try to make the announcement as timely as possible so parents can make childcare plans. Keep in mind, it’s not always easy to make that call early. We also remind you that occasionally, we have to make a decision based on a forecast. And since meteorology is not an exact science, sometimes that forecast doesn’t pan out. Please remember we are doing our best to do what’s best for students.
Other items of interest for parents concerning snow days:
School based after-school enrichment centers MAY be open. The message through Infinite Campus and on social media will indicate whether enrichment centers will be closed, or will open at 8 a.m.
Extracurricular activities will be reviewed on an individual basis by the school principal in conjunction with central office input. There have been many instances where roads were too treacherous for school to begin but were clear by the afternoon.
Again, we will not use NTI days for snow days. Because students learn best when in-person, we will have make-up days in the event of snow days.