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Winter Weather Emergency Closing Procedures

Winter Weather Emergency Closing Procedures

Weather conditions during the winter may necessitate a change in the normal hours school is in session. The decision to close schools, delay starting times, or dismiss early is made by the Central Office Administration. School closing information will be announced via the school district’s phone messaging system and by the following radio stations:

KX 104 FM KELN 97.1 FM KOGA 930 AM KODY 1240 AM
KJLT 94.9 FM and 970 AM KNPQ 107.3 FM KOOQ 1410 AM KZTL 93.5 FM
KRNP 100.7 FM KHAQ 98.5 FM KMCX 106.5 FM 99.7 The Lake FM
KOGA 106 FM      

Closing information will also be announced on TV stations KNOP channel 2 and NTV channel 6.

School Closing. If a decision is made to close schools, the announcement will be made by the local radio stations and Channel 2 by approximately 7:00 a.m. The decision not to have school is made by the superintendent after he has made the following contacts, when appropriate:

• The City Street Department to check the street conditions in the city
• The school maintenance staff to determine if they can manage snow removal in the immediate areas of schools and school entries
• The area station of the National Weather Service for an estimate of the length and severity of the storm or cold weather

Delayed Starting Time. In some cases, it may be advisable to delay starting times to allow more time for snow removal. Announcements to this effect will be carried by local stations by approximately 7 a.m.

Early Dismissal. Sometimes weather worsens during the school hours, making it advisable to dismiss students before the regular dismissal time. It shall be the philosophy of the District to avoid early dismissal if at all possible except in extreme cases. Parents who wish to remove their children during inclement weather may do so. In the event of an early dismissal, the information will be announced by the local radio stations. Parents will be asked to pick up their children as soon as possible.

The final decision as to whether a child should attend school or stay at home is the responsibility of the parents. 

10/09

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