EXTREME WINTER WEATHER PROCEDURES
It appears that winter weather conditions are setting in with a vengeance over the next few days. As a reminder, the following message is the information we post on our website each year to outline the process for possible school delays or closures:
In the event that it is necessary to close schools or delay opening because of extreme weather conditions or other unusual circumstances, local radio and television stations will be notified. A decision will be made and conveyed to these stations by approximately 5:30 a.m. If no announcement has been broadcast by 6:00 a.m., it should be assumed that school will operate on the regular schedule. Information will also be posted prominently on the front page of the school district website (www.qsd.wednet.edu) as “Urgent News.” When possible, we will also use our automated phone calling system to notify parents and staff members.
For late starts, buses will operate on the regular routes or winter emergency routes as necessary, but on the delayed schedule. Winter emergency route information will be distributed to parents and posted on our website. For winter emergency routes, buses will stop at designated bus stops where parents are responsible to meet the bus to drop off or pick up their students. To assure the safety of all, students who are not met at the bus stop will be returned to school.
Parents should make alternate plans for their children in case of an emergency closure or early dismissal. When appropriate, the school office should be notified in writing of such arrangements. In the event of an early dismissal, elementary students will be dismissed only after the parent or guardian has been contacted by school officials.
In the event of a delayed opening, AM Preschool classes will be canceled.
Wind chill is also a factor in making decisions to delay or close schools. As a guideline we use the National Weather Service Wind Chill Index to determine when it might be necessary to have a late start or close school. In the chart (see copy below), whenever the wind chill is lower than the area shown in light blue, we would consider a possible late start or school closure.