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School Closing Procedure

School Closing Procedure

Scribner students playing outside in the snowWe often receive questions regarding the process used in making determinations about school closings. This is always a difficult decision and we understand that a decision to open or close in bad weather will have a major impact on our families. While we recognize that students are best served academically by being in school, the safety of our students is always our top priority.

Factors Taken Into Consideration
With that in mind, there are many factors that are taken into consideration when making this decision. The following information is considered in all decisions relative to the closing of school:

  • District staff members assess the conditions of the roads, sidewalks and parking lots, taking into account snow and ice, as well as other hazards such as downed trees or power lines.
  • The Director of Transportation consults with other area Directors to gather information about road conditions in surrounding areas.
  • Our staff consults with the highway supervisors in the towns that are included within our district to assess the progress of snow clearing.
  • Short and long-term weather forecasts are considered.
  • When appropriate, the potential for wind chill is considered. The Monroe County Department of Health recommends that we consider closing schools if the wind chill is expected to reach -25 degrees. Click here to review the MCDOH Wind Chill Letter.

Decision Process
Typically, the decision process regarding school closings occurs between 4 and 5:30 am, with a final decision made by 6 am.

Notification to Parents
If the decision to close is made, this will be communicated to parents through ParentSquare, the district web site and social media sites, and through the local media.

Early Dismissal
Except for very unusual circumstances, the district will not implement an early dismissal for weather. Early dismissal introduces the risk of young students arriving home to an empty house. Also, road clearing efforts by the DPWs are geared toward regular dismissal time. Overall, we believe it is safer once children are in school to keep them there until the normal dismissal time.

Personal Responsibility
As always, it is up to parents or guardians to make the final decision regarding school attendance. If you feel the weather is too severe, you have the right to keep your children home. Likewise, if you are concerned about poor weather that has developed during the day, you may make arrangements to pick up your child. In any case, please communicate your decision with your school.