School Closing Information
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Our district staff understands that the decision to open or
close schools in bad weather has a big effect on families. We
also understand that our students are better served - both
academically and socially - by being in school. But as
always, our top priority is the safety of our students.
HOW DO WE MAKE
Please understand that the decision to close or delay the
opening of school in bad weather is based on a careful analysis of
all relevant factors, such as:
- Information on road conditions: Careful consideration is given
to the most dangerous roads in the district. Even if your road
looks clear, travel elsewhere in the district may be dangerous
- Amount of snow and ice accumulated
- Whether precipitation is continuing
- Building conditions: Such as whether we have electricity
- Parking lot conditions: Administrators talk to maintenance
& custodial staff members who are responsible for clearing
& treating school parking lots & sidewalks
- Temperature and wind chill
- Weather predictions: We prefer not making our decision based on
weather predictions, which are not always accurate. However,
sometimes this is unavoidable
- What other school districts are doing: We also share
information with other local districts and check whether they are
opening or closing
WHO MAKES THE
The Chief School Administrator is responsible for the final
decision, based on the above factors.
WHEN IS THE
The decision to close school is normally made by 5:00 a.m. or
earlier so we can notify radio and TV stations and send an
automated message to parents and guardians.
WILL WE CLOSE
SCHOOL IF CONDITIONS WORSEN?
If weather conditions worsen, it is difficult to reverse our
decision in the morning without endangering students. Once
the decision is made to open the schools, many parents rely on it
and leave for work. If the students are then sent right back
home many will return to empty houses. If conditions get
worse during the school day, there may be a need to have an early
dismissal, but adequate notice to all parents will be given
Although the District does its absolute best in this process,
often no perfect decision exists. If you do not feel as
though it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best
judgment on whether he or she should attend.
Hopefully this explanation helps everyone understand the process
that the District uses to make the best possible decision.
All Day Closing
8:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
All evening and Latchkey activities will be canceled, unless
One Hour Delay
9:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Bus pickup times will be exactly one hour later.
Two Hour Delay
10:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Bus pickup times will be exactly two hours later.
Places to See/Hear Closing
The Blackboard Connect messaging system will contact
parents/guardians via phone call, message and/or email.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS
6, 10, 29
ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX
KYW (Philadelphia) 1060 AM
(856)358-8163- Listen for the recorded message for the day.