It's that time of year where we begin to get ready for winter weather and related school disruptions. ❄️
➡️ We have added a new option this year. In addition to our normal 2-hour delayed opening, we will have the option of a 3-hour delay.
We do not expect to use the new option regularly. However, it could mean the difference between having a school day and having to cancel.
We will be very clear when we announce a delay to specify the length. Again, we anticipate most delays will be 2-hours.
We are hoping for a quiet winter season with very few disruptions. ☺️
Have you ever wondered how we make the decision on whether to close or delay school for adverse weather?
Here's a Winter Weather Decision-Making Guide:
Factors weighed when deciding to close school:
- Safety is always the first and most important consideration.
- Loss of instructional time
- Family inconvenience and childcare issues.
- The district contracts with a weather service meteorologist who coordinates conversations between districts.
- As soon as dangerous weather is forecast, the superintendent begins to monitor the weather and the advice of the meteorologist.
- The timing of the weather is a huge consideration...
- When is the dangerous weather going to begin?
- How will it likely impact the road conditions?
- What is the certainty of the forecast?
- The first step is to consult with our police department about road conditions.
- The next is to consult the borough street department and our own plowing vendor about the clearing efforts of the streets, sidewalks and school parking lots.
- We also check in with our custodial crew who are busy clearing and salting the sidewalks for our schools.
- The next step is to consult with area superintendents.
- We have teen drivers out on the roads before 7 a.m., often before the sun has time to melt the ice or snow.
- Our busses begin before 6 a.m., so we have to make a decision by 5:30 a.m. if we are going to close or delay schools.