School officials consult several sources to determine weather and road conditions. The superintendent then makes the final decision to delay school school starting times or close school. Read the district's Emergency School Closure Procedures for more details.
The superintendent makes the final decision for a change in normal operations on inclement weather days with public notification by 6:00 a.m. Exceptions may occur on days when weather or road conditions change rapidly during the morning hours. See the Closure Procedures page for more information.
On days when school is in session, but conditions deteriorate over the course of the day, a decision about whether to continue after-school activities is usually made around 1 p.m. at the district level. That information is shared through the same communication channels that we make closures announcements.
However, schools may also make local decisions about activities at their school so it's always a good idea to stay tuned into announcements throughout the afternoon.
Sharing this provides a false sense of security. While every effort is made to notify the public by 5:30 a.m., with changing conditions and dynamic emergency situations it's not always possible to meet that deadline. So if someone checks our information a few minutes before 5:30 a.m. or before an update is published and sees a status of "all schools open" they're getting inaccurate information. It’s better to assume schools are open and stay tuned in to district sources and the media for the latest updates in the event that the status changes.
Parents are encouraged to use their judgment to determine what is best for their children. Parents and guardians should notify their children’s school of the excused absence.
Safety of students and staff is the number one priority when the decision is made whether to close schools. The superintendent must also weigh the effects a potential closure may have on the community. For example:
In addition to our School Messenger "robocall" system, when all schools are closed, we use our regular communication tools for school closures that can get the word out quickly – the website, social media, and local radio stations. Parents should keep an eye on those sources whenever they hear about poor weather conditions being forecast.