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Emergency Procedures

Emergency Plans
Winter storms are closely monitored to determine travel safety. If buses cannot safely operate, or if there is too much snow to plow in time for the start of school, the District will implement one of two emergency plans: late start or cancelling school for the full day. Superintendents of neighboring districts are in close contact and make decisions together. Decisions are always made by 5 a.m. so that parents can be notified by 6 a.m.

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Notification
When it's determined that school will start late or be closed, the voice notification system will be activated. All students’ homes are to be called by 6 a.m. to notify them of the emergency plan. The plan will also be posted on the District websites. A recording will also be activated on the school phones. The Emergency Closing Center will be notified, which is used by all local radio and television stations to broadcast school closing information.

Late Start
A late start schedule will be used if weather conditions are expected to improve or clear up by late morning.
If late start is activated:
• Parents will receive a call at home by 6 a.m. notifying them of the late start.
• School will begin exactly two hours later than usual: 9:45 a.m. for middle school and 10:35 a.m. for elementary school. No breakfast will be served.
• All buses will operate exactly two hours behind their usual schedule; parent drop-off would be 9:35 a.m. for middle school; 10:25 a.m. for elementary.
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• Morning preschool will be cancelled; afternoon preschool classes will begin and end at the usual time.
• All before-school programs, including but not limited to orchestra, band, choir, clubs, athletic practices or student activities will be cancelled.
• The school day will end at the usual time.
If a late start is implemented rather than a full emergency day, there is no need to make up the day of attendance at the end of the school year.

Parental Options
All superintendents are well aware that closing school is not always the best solution for many families whose parents must go to work. Parents always have the option of keeping their children home with an excused absence if they feel their child cannot get to and from school safely due to weather conditions.

Automated Messages
If you did not receive a phone call or phone message, please contact your school so that your contact information can be updated. Parents were given the choice on the registration form to receive the message in English or Spanish. If a message with the wrong language was received, parents may also contact their school office to change that information.



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