Inclement Weather Information
The District’s decision to open or close schools in bad weather has a big impact on our families. Our top priority is the safety of our students. Below, please find a list of helpful information regarding the School District’s inclement weather procedures and notification system.
WHAT IS THE DISTRICT’S INCLEMENT WEATHER SCHOOL CLOSING NUMBER? #306
HOW IS THE DECISION MADE?
The decision to open or close schools in bad weather is based on careful analysis of all relevant factors, such as:
- Information on road conditions from transportation staff and other officials. 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. Also, we must consider that some high school students drive to school.
- Amount of snow and ice accumulated.
- Precipitation timeframe.
- Building conditions, such as whether we have electricity and heat.
- Parking lot conditions.
- 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 making decisions 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?
The Superintendent of Schools makes the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from the Director of Facilities and Supervisor of Transportation.
WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?
The decision is normally made as soon as possible so we can notify radio, TV stations, and communicate the news effectively. Every effort is made to announce a closing as quickly as possible.
INCLEMENT WEATHER CHALLENGES
Although the District does its absolute best in this process, inclement weather poses many challenges. If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school because of the inclement weather, use your best judgment.
We hope this communication is helpful in understanding the process our District uses to make the best possible decision for the safety of all during times of inclement weather. For questions or comments about our inclement weather procedures and notification system please contact the Office of Communications at 215-881-6325.
How You Are Notified
- Radio and TV: Tune in to ABC 6, CBS 3, NBC 10, CW Philly, FOX and KWY News Radio 1060
- District website blinking notification message
- School Messenger phone notification system
- District email message
- SDC-TV weather announcement (XFINITY 42 & FIOS 1960)
- District Facebook page notification
- District calendar posting
- Recorded notification message on school main phone number (parents/guardians can update phone number and email information any time through our Infosnap student registration system)
Weather and CLASP
DISTRICT SNOW DAY: C.L.A.S.P. centers are CLOSED for day
DISTRICT 2 HOUR DELAY: C.L.A.S.P. centers are NOT OPEN for morning programming
DISTRICT EARLY CLOSURE: C.L.A.S.P. centers are NOT OPEN for afternoon programming
Delays & Dismissals
The District sometimes utilizes a two-hour delay to allow additional time for road crews to complete their work. In the case of a two-hour delay, buses will run regular routes two hours later (public and nonpublic).
Please consider making contingency plans with neighbors, friends or relatives, to assure that your child has adult supervision and a place to go in case of late starts, early dismissals, or school closings. (Especially in the case of young children, please talk with them about these possibilities and “practice” what they are to do.)