Inclement Weather Procedures

Weather

USD 475 follows specific procedures when inclement weather causes changes to school operations. Below are the procedures for each type of change, and what families can expect during weather emergencies. The Superintendent makes the final decision regarding any changes in operations due to inclement weather. The district works to make these decisions in a timely manner. Decisions will be made and publicized no later than 6 a.m. on the day of the change.

In any inclement weather situation, it is always the parent’s decision whether to send their child to school. If a parent decides to keep a student home, the parent should call and inform the school of the absence as soon as possible. 

Alerts

If weather causes a disruption in school operations, the district will send email and text message alerts to parents/guardians and staff. Local radio and TV news outlets will be notified. A red banner message will be posted on the top of the district’s website and messages will be posted on district social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

School Cancellation

When the Superintendent decides that school is canceled, no classes will be in session and district offices will be closed. All professional development classes and meetings will be postponed. All school activities and practices will be canceled. No district travel will be allowed for games, competitions, practices or activities unless the Superintendent deems it safe to grant a limited exception. Boys and Girls Club will be canceled. All school buildings will remain closed until the district reopens. 

Delayed Start

When the district issues a delayed start of two hours, classes will begin two hours after normal start times. Bus pick-up will occur two hours after normal pick-up times (conditions may cause travel delays). Breakfast will not be served at schools. Early Childhood morning classes will be cancelled. School will release at normal time and buses will drop off students at normal times. 

A delayed start may cause additional disruptions to district activities, such as field trips, meetings or events. Please check with your child’s teacher or coach for specific details.

Early Release

When the district issues an early release, students will be released from school in accordance with the announced schedule, e.g., two hours earlier than normal. Buses will drop students off at normal locations earlier than the normal drop-off time.  Afternoon meetings, activities, practices and competitions will be canceled. Boys and Girls club will be canceled. No district travel will be permitted for games or competitions.

Cold Weather Safety Advisory

When extreme cold temperatures and dangerous wind-chill conditions exist, students and parents are reminded:

Students should dress warmly and cover all exposed skin surfaces.

Students should remain inside the school or home until transportation arrives.

Students should not walk long distances to or from school.

Winter Recess/Building Access Guidelines

Students will remain in the building for recess and/or be permitted to enter the building before school if the temperature or wind chill is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.