Nevis Public School District 308
School Closing Guidelines
Late Starts, Cancellations or Early Dismissals
Who makes the decision to close school? The decision to close school is made by the Superintendent and the Director of Transportation. We communicate with other school districts, law enforcement, people who are responsible for clearing and maintaining roads, and other individuals that are on the roads. We will try to make the decision by 6:00 AM, or at least one hour prior to dismissing early, to allow time for bus drivers to be prepared and for families to have time to make alternative plans.
Please send children to school dressed properly for the winter conditions. If a bus has mechanical problems, slips off the road, or is involved in an accident, there is a possibility that heat may be lost on the bus. Having proper clothing could make a big difference. Please talk with your student about dressing properly, especially 7-12 students who feel that a “hoodie” is all they need to wear in the wintertime because they are “just walking to the bus.”
Make a plan with your child about what to do if the bus is delayed or doesn't show up at the bus stop. This situation could arise due to a bus that gets stuck, has mechanical problems, or because your student is a few minutes late getting to the bus stop. In some cases we may need to send another bus. We need your cooperation and communication as well, so if a bus doesn't show up and is more than 15 minutes late; please contact Linda Hanson at 652-3500 ext 118 in the morning. Please remember that a bus may be 5-10 minutes early or late simply due to the changes in who happens to ride on that particular day or road conditions.
Procedure followed if there is no school or a late start:
How will we communicate with our parents? We realize that we must have multiple ways of contacting our parents and community when inclement conditions cause us to make changes to our schedule. Here is our communication plan:
Is everything cancelled when school is closed? Yes--All School Age Care, ECFE, community education activities, and school activities/athletics are canceled when school is canceled or dismissed early.
Procedure followed if school is dismissed early: If weather, road conditions, or other conditions create the necessity for dismissing school early, we try to make the decision at least one hour prior to dismissing early, to allow time for bus drivers to be prepared and for families to have time to make alternative plans. The official announcement will be sent out in the same manner as a school closing or late start.
All afternoon School Age Care, community education activities, and school activities/athletics are canceled when school is dismissed early.
What do you need to do as a parent/guardian?
When will we make up days that are missed due to inclement weather? The school calendar will be adjusted to make up the first snow day on January 25, the second day made up March 28. Additional days made up beginning May 31.