Here's what families need to know to prepare for the possibility of school delays and closures.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: KASSANDRA YOUNG - This 2016 photo of Upper Highland shows how the snowy weather hit the area last year.Temperatures have dropped into the twenties and thirties during the nights, which means that inclement weather and related school closures are a looming possibility. Here is the information that families need to know to prepare.


In the event of a school delay or closure, Colton School District utilizes Flash Alert and emergency phone trees to notify staff and School Messenger, the automated calling system, to notify families. To sign up for School Messenger, visit their website. Families can even opt-in to receive text messages by making sure the school has the correct mobile number and then texting "Y" to 67587 from each device.

All closures will also be posted on the district's website.

The superintendent works with the transportation supervisor to ensure that travel is safe for students and staff.

"Our transportation supervisor drives routes in the morning to determine safety," Superintendent Koreen Barreras-Brown said. "Together, superintendent and transportation supervisor decide if the roads warrant a school closure or late start. Our transportation supervisor is outstanding, and he never risks anyone's safety during inclement weather."

Any missed school days that warrant make-ups will be held on Fridays, when school is not regularly in session.


While Superintendent Tony Mann doesn't anticipate the kind of weather that hit the area last year since he hasn't seen that any other time in his 30-year career, he is making plans for the possibility of school delays and closures.

"We're ready," Mann said. "Our bus drivers are trained about safe driving procedures when it relates to weather conditions that might be unexpected."

On questionable weather days, the district sends scout drivers out by 4 a.m., and Mann communicates with First Student Transportation manager Greg Rants by 4:45 a.m. to make a decision.

In the event of a delay or closure, all communication will be done using Flash Alert. Parents can subscribe here.

If school days are missed, Mann is hopeful that the year will not have to be extended.

"We have got space in the calendar to manage a small amount of inclement weather events that impact instructional hours," Mann said.

Kristen Wohlers
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