• School Delays & Closings

    In the event of inclement weather, how will the school district determine if school is delayed or canceled and how will they communicate that information?

    Basic Guidelines

    Information Gathering

    When weather is forecast that may impact the safety of our students arriving at school, we actively assess the situation as the forecast develops. Our monitoring includes frequent communication from the National Weather Service. If no decision has been made by the morning of the possible closure, we are reviewing the updated forecast by 4:45 a.m. and aim to make a decision before 6:00 a.m. If we are able to determine school closings earlier, we will let you know as soon as a decision is made.

    Here are other considerations for how we make the decision to delay or cancel school:

    • We remain in contact with the National Weather Service to stay updated on impending weather conditions that may impact school operations.
    • We review the predicted weather patterns through various other weather websites and news outlets.  
    • We look closely at the timing of the snow/ice, considering how much is predicted, when it is predicted to affect our area, and how it will impact getting students to/from school.
    • We work to review the impact on bus transportation when making this decision. 
    • We are also in conversation with neighboring school districts to compare reports. 

    Wind Chill

    When considering the safety impact of cold weather, we monitor the wind chill factor. If the wind chill factor generates a Wind Chill Warning (-35 sustained wind chill) by the National Weather Service, we will close for the day or may consider a delayed start if the warning is lifted in the mid-morning hours. We will typically hold school when there is a Wind Chill Advisory.

    Snow or Ice

    If significant snow or ice on the roads creates a dangerous situation for students to get to school, we may decide to close or delay the start of school. Delaying or closing school is a decision that is not made lightly. There are many implications for our families and school operations, so we work to ensure that we are making the best decision possible based on the information we have.

    If a severe weather warning is issued by the National Weather Service (Winter Storm Warning, Blizzard Warning, Ice Storm Warning), then we will very likely close school. If the conditions causing the winter weather warning are expected to improve by the mid-morning hours, we may delay the start of school.