Closure/Delay Criteria

Delays and closures may be applied to a specific District region or to the entire District

Forecasts

A NWS/Skyview Weather forecast either district-wide or in one or more District regions, of a blizzard warning between 0300 and 1400 on school days will result in a closure recommendation.

A NWS/Skyview forecast either districtwide or in one or more District regions, of a winter storm warning, with snow forecast of 6 inches or more along with a forecast of blowing and drifting snow for between 0300 and 1400 on school days will result in a closure recommendation.

A forecast either districtwide or in one or more District regions, of a wind chill advisory or severe cold temperatures in conjunction with a wind chill reading that may pose a danger during a morning walking period or bus pick up period may result in a recommendation of a 90-minute Delay for all schools and programs.


Conditions at 4 a.m.

Snowfall at a rate either district-wide or in one or more District regions, of 1 inch or more per hour where conditions are such that it is accumulating on the roadways and parking lots may:

-Result in a recommendation of a 90-minute delay for all schools and programs if the snow is forecast to decrease by 9:00am.

-Result in a closure recommendation if the snow is not forecast to decrease by 9 a.m.

Reports by drivers, security officers, police officers and road crews either district-wide or in one or more District regions, of extremely adverse and/or dangerous conditions (such as severe ice conditions) may:

-Result in a recommendation of a 90-minute delay for all schools and programs if the forecast and/or snow removal crews indicate an improving situation by 7 a.m.

Result in a closure recommendation if the situation is not expected to improve by 7 a.m.

Absent any of the conditions above, reports by DCSD snow removal teams either district-wide or in one or more District regions, of difficulty in removing snow from parking lots and walkways may result in a recommendation for a 90-minute delay for all schools and programs.

After School Conditions

Conditions at 12 p.m.

A NWS/Skyview Weather forecast either district-wide or in one or more District regions, of a blizzard warning between 1400 and 2000 will result in an after school activity cancellation recommendation. Afternoon kindergarten classes may be cancelled. Child care will close at the regular time.

Rapidly changing conditions during the school day

In the event weather conditions deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly during morning transit hours or during school hours, buses will continue their routes unless ordered to park by Transportation or Public Safety officials.

Afternoon kindergarten may be cancelled, as will after school childcare as soon as possible.

Elementary and middle school students will be sheltered-in-place at school until they can be taken home by parents or by school bus. Parents may be notified to pick up their children early. High school students may be released to drive home at the discretion of the principal after consultation with Safety and Security. Bus routes for the afternoon may be cancelled if all students have been picked up by parents or upon order of public safety officials or the superintendent. If students remain at school and buses cannot run, they will be sheltered until transported by parents, law enforcement or security officials.

Field trips will be cancelled and/or recalled.

Emergency closure conditions

If the weather conditions deteriorate to the point that a closure of one or more buildings is necessary, Emergency Closure Procedures will be initiated. Schools will follow established protocol for releasing students.