Inclement Weather Message

Weather memo to BCSD families
Posted on 12/15/2020
In advance of the upcoming inclement weather, here is some important information that was distributed to families in November about snow days and the strategic decision to close or delay school.

The district calendar has six built-in snow days, and four priority make-up days. We will continue to have snow days, which will be non-instructional days.

The following are general guidelines followed when determining a delay or closure:

• For snow, ice, or other weather-related delays, we monitor the current conditions and the forecasted conditions for travel between the times of 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Given the weather conditions, we take into consideration the ability of our staff to plow parking lots and sidewalks, as well as the ability of local municipalities to plow and make streets passable. The service that provides busing for our students, First Student, is contacted to ensure our buses can run safely. Additionally, the district contacts neighboring districts, local and state officials, and meteorologists to make the most appropriate decision.

• Start times for one, two and three-hour delays will occur one, two or three hours following the schools normal start times, respectively. In the event of a two or three-hour delay, morning pre-kindergarten classes will be canceled.

• Schools will also be closed if there is a forecasted sustained wind chill of -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder or when the actual wind chill is a sustained -15 degrees Fahrenheit or colder between the travel times of 5:30 – 10 a.m. and/or 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. The district uses forecasts provided by the National Weather Service.

• If extreme high temperatures are experienced and sustained in our buildings, the district may also elect to delay or close school.

• If school is delayed or closed, we make every attempt to provide notification by 6 a.m. the day of the closing. In extreme weather conditions, we may announce a delay or closure the prior evening between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

• When school is closed due to inclement weather, all extracurricular programs and school meetings (except for board meetings) are canceled.

• On page one of the Board of Education Attendance Policy #7110, families may keep their student(s) at home in the event of impassable roads due to inclement weather. We ask that you let your student(s) building(s) know and the tardy or absence will be noted as excused.

Notifications of delays and closures are made through local media outlets, automated calls, e-mails, and postings to the district’s homepage. We also encourage you to download the district app to receive free push notifications. As always, the safety of our students and employees is our top priority. To read the entire weather memo to families visit our Message and Alert Webpage.
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