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Andrew AvenueElementary School

Decision-making for weather-related closings

 

There are several major factors that need to be weighed when making a decision to close, delay, or dismiss school early:

  1. Safety is always the first and most important consideration
  2. Loss of instructional time
  3. Family inconvenience and childcare issues

👩‍🔬 The district contracts with a weather service meteorologist who coordinates conversations between districts.

As soon as dangerous weather is in the forecast, the superintendent begins to monitor the weather and the advice of the meteorologist. The timing of the weather is a huge consideration;

❓When is the dangerous weather going to begin?

❓how will it likely impact the road conditions?

❓What is the certainty of the forecast?

⏰ Ms. Locke's preference is to make the decision as early as possible so families can make accommodations. This is not always possible as forecasting in the Northeast tends to change hourly. With high confidence events, she can make a call early.

🕔 If the certainty of the timing or intensity of the storm is suspect, the decision will be delayed - most often it will be made in the wee hours of the morning.

📺 Ms. Locke constantly monitors the weather the meteorologist and news channels.

👮‍♂️ The first step is to consult with our police department about road conditions.

👷‍♂️The next is to consult with the Borough Street Department and our own plowing vendor about the clearing efforts of the streets, sidewalks and school parking lots.

👨‍🔧 We also check in with our custodial crew who are busy clearing and salting the sidewalks at our schools.

🗨️ Last, we consult with area superintendents.

🌨️ The question at the core of the decision - Are the roads, sidewalks and parking lots safe? We have teen drivers out on the roads before 7 a.m. - sometimes before the sun has time to melt the ice or snow.

🚖 Our buses begin before 6 a.m. We have to make a decision by 5:30 a.m. if we are going to close or delay schools.