As we approach the winter season, the following information may help you better understand the process the District uses when making the decision to open or close school, offer a two-hour delayed start or resort to an early release due to inclement weather.
These decisions are based upon a careful analysis of relevant factors, such as:
- Information on road conditions from transportation staff, local law enforcement and state, county and township road crews (as warranted); Please keep in mind that road conditions can vary dramatically throughout the district;
- Amount of accumulated snow and ice;
- Whether precipitation is expected to continue throughout the day;
- Temperature and wind chill (wind chills at or below -15°F to -20°F during key walking and waiting-for-bus times are given special consideration);
- Impact on our transportation fleet (school bus diesel fuel begins to gel at an ambient temperature of 0 degrees);
- Weather predictions (including those from our own satellite system and local radar);
- Timing of storm;
- Building conditions (is there electricity and heat?);
- Parking lot conditions;
- What other surrounding districts are doing.