Inclement Weather ProceduresThere are two procedures that may be implemented due to severe weather conditions. The first is a School Closed procedure; the second is an Early Dismissal procedure. Please read below for more information.
School closings due to severe weather or other unusual circumstances will be announced as soon as possible on the District website and by an automated phone calling system. You may also tune in to one of the following:
WREG News Channel 3
Early Dismissal Procedure
There may be some occasions where it will be necessary to dismiss school early. On these days, middle and high schools will dismiss first. Elementary schools will release students approximately 45 minutes later. However, the severity of the inclement weather conditions makes it very difficult to accurately predict an actual dismissal or home arrival time. Phones messages and postings on the district web page will keep parents updated regarding the progress of early dismissal. All After School programs will not operate in the afternoon on early dismissal days.
How Dismissal Decisions are Made
The decision to implement these procedures will be made after carefully assessing a given weather situation. The safety of your child is at the forefront in the decision-making process. The district will make every effort to assure no child is sent to an unattended home, but to assist the schools, parents should create emergency back up plans in advance for children in the event of an early dismissal.
How Dismissal Decisions are Communicated
We will always post information on our website and send recorded voice messages to parents’ phone numbers regarding altered dismissals due to inclement weather. Our emergency notification system automatically imports phone numbers from our student information system. Therefore, it is very important that you keep your contact information current on the school’s records. We want you to receive important messages so please make sure your phone numbers listed in your student’s PowerSchool records are accurate so you can receive messages.
Reopening of school will not be announced, but the closing announcement will be made each day as necessary. In the unlikely event that the decision is made to dismiss students before the end of the school day, radio and TV stations will be notified, and the automated phone calling system will be activated to inform parents directly.