Closing school due to inclement weather is one of the most difficult decisions a superintendent makes, involving the educational needs of the students, family childcare arrangements, and transportation safety.
Before making the decision, the superintendent receives data from district employees about the weather conditions across the 71 square miles of the district, in an attempt to gather the most reliable information possible. He also receives a professional weather service report by 4:30 a.m. and then confers with area superintendents via conference call regarding possible school closure.
The superintendent specifically evaluates the amount of snowfall, current road conditions and the potential for icing, temperature, timing and duration of the storm, the safety of student drivers, the readiness of school parking lots and sidewalks, and availability of buses and drivers.
On any day when the weather is a concern, parents may choose to delay the arrival of their children to school, not send them on that day, or pick them up early during the day.