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Inclement Weather Procedures for 2020-2021

WSD3 will:
  • Make inclement weather decision(s) based on staff and students’ safety.
  • Make the decision as to whether we will have in-person learning at school or learn from home, and announce no later than 5:00 A.M. by notifying local media through FlashAlert
  • Not penalize students if parents keep them home or pick them up from school on questionable days.

Parents are expected to:
  • Be responsible for the custody of children.

  • Decide whether or not to send children to school on threatening, stormy days.

  • Listen for an early dismissal announcement.

  • Make sure children know what to do and where to go if dismissed early.

  • Know that students may be dismissed earlier than normal.

  • Not rely on telephones to make last-minute arrangements for their children (lines tend to malfunction during storms).

Two Hour Late Start
  • If an emergency closing is declared by the superintendent for part of the day ONLY, a two-hour late start may be used

  • Whenever feasible, a two-hour late start will be announced by 5:30 A.M. through the same channels as a school closure.

  • These channels include television, radio, social media, and the district’s website. When district officials announce a two-hour late start, all start times, bus pickup times and other standard schedules will be moved back by two hours. 

WSD3 may use a two-hour late start as an option between closing schools or starting at the normal times. A two-hour late start may be used when a storm is passing or when additional time may be needed to prepare for students and staff arriving at their schools. Two-hour late starts will be announced by 5:30 a.m. through the same channels as a school closure. These channels include television, radio, social media, and the district's website.

When district officials announce a two-hour late start, all start times, bus pickup times, and other standard schedules will be moved back by two hours. Morning kindergarten and morning pre-school will be canceled for that day. Certified kindergarten and pre-school staff are to report with the rest of the instructional staff.

District maintenance staff will report as scheduled by the supervisor. Administrators, identified office staff, and 12-month employees are to report as soon as they can safely arrive at their responsibility centers. Instructional staff is to report as soon as it is safe to do so, but before students are to arrive at the conclusion of the delay.

Inclement Weather Alerts