As we venture deeper into winter, it's time to start thinking about plans for weather-related school delays and closures.
Canby School District has plans in place and recently released a newsletter to help prepare school families, noting that the biggest factor in making weather-related decisions is, of course, safety.
"During inclement weather, the district's first priority is the safety of its students and staff," the district said in the newsletter. "We strive to make the best decision possible with the information at hand in a timely manner. When the conditions are questionable, the district will choose the safest option available. These decisions are not made lightly as we value each and every instructional day for students. We appreciate your patience as we work through these difficult decisions."
When weather is questionable, the district works with the bus company, Student Transportation of America, to determine whether roads are safe. If possible, decisions are made the evening before the affected school day. If not, the decision is made by 6 a.m., per the newsletter.
When district leaders do make decisions to delay or close, there are a number of ways they let families know.
First, they'll send an automated call and email to all families. Those who indicated they would like to receive text messages will also receive a text message. Now is a good time to ensure with your individual school office that your contact information is up to date.
Secondly, families can sign up to receive notifications about the school district through Flash Alert. Sign up at flashalert.net/id/CanbySchools.
Finally, TV news stations will have delay and closure information available. Canby School District said in the newsletter that they will also post to their website and social media sites promptly.
It is important to note that when schools are closed, district activities and athletics are also canceled, per board policy. Outside use of school facilities will also be canceled.
Beyond closures and delays, sometimes inclement weather calls for special decisions. For instance, the district may decide to use snow bus routes or to release students from school early.
STA has created snow routes, which are available online at canby.k12.or.us/our-district/bus-stops-schedules/snow-routes.
In the event of a potential weather-related early release, the decision will be made no later than 11:30 a.m., the district announced in the newsletter. Families will be notified in the same manners as with delays and closures.
The school district's full newsletter is online at smore.com/p38a9.
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