Inclement Weather Closing

INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSING

 HOW DO WE MAKE OUR DECISION?
Please understand that we make the decision to open or close the schools in bad weather based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors, such as:

  • Information on road conditions from transportation staff and from the police. We must give careful consideration to the most dangerous roads in the district. Even if your street looks clear, travel elsewhere in the district may be dangerous. Amount of snow and ice accumulated.
  • Building conditions (such as whether we have electricity and heat).
  • Sidewalk conditions. Administrators talk to maintenance and custodial staff members who are responsible for clearing and treating school sidewalks.
  • Temperature and wind chill. Please remember that some of our students walk to school and some must wait outside for the bus.
  • Weather predictions. We prefer not make our decision based on weather predictions, which are not always accurate. But sometimes this is unavoidable.
  • What other school districts are doing. We also share information with other local districts and check whether they are opening or closing.

WHO MAKES THE DECISION?
Superintendent of M.E.T.S., is responsible for the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations my Administrative Team

HOW ARE PARENTS NOTIFIED? 

WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE? 
We must make the decision by 6:00 am or earlier so we can notify via Phone Blast and post the decision on our website. If we wait longer to announce a closing, some parents will have already left for work, leaving their children unsupervised.

WILL WE CLOSE SCHOOL IF CONDITIONS WORSEN? 
Keep in mind that, even if weather conditions worsen, we cannot reverse our decision in the morning without endangering students. Once we make the decision to open the schools, many parents rely on it and leave for work. If we then send students right back home, many will return to unsupervised bus stops and empty houses. If conditions get worse during the school day, we may need to have any early dismissal, but we will give adequate notice to all parents first.