Inclement Weather Plan


2013-2014
INCLEMENT WEATHER PLAN

How does Guilford County Schools (GCS) determine whether to close or delay school when inclement weather is predicted?

The Superintendent has assigned responsibility to the Director of Transportation for recommending whether to close or delay school or release students early when inclement weather is predicted. The director and a staff of 15 Transportation Supervisors are assigned to areas of Guilford County to check the roads and weather conditions throughout the county.

When predicted inclement weather threatens to make road conditions unsafe for school bus travel, the Transportation Supervisors review assigned roads and advise the Director of Transportation of the road conditions by 4:30 a.m. The director takes into consideration all reports received from supervisors regarding road conditions, reviews radar images, consults with the local branch of the National Weather Service, and makes one of the following recommendations to the Chief Information Officer:

1. School opens at the normal time;
2. School opening will be delayed one or two hours;
3. School will be closed early; or,
4. School will not open for that day.

The decision to close or delay school, including how long to delay, will be announced to the news media, shared via Connect-Ed ®, posted on the GCS Website (www.gcsnc.com), GCS social media outlets and broadcast on GCSTV 2 not later than 5 a.m. by the Chief of Staff. If school opens at the normal time, an announcement will not be made. Therefore, no announcement in the news media or GCS web/TV indicates that school will operate on a normal schedule. If inclement weather occurs after the school day has begun, a decision regarding early release will be made as quickly as possible.

If a school/or group of schools may be delayed due to reasons other than inclement weather, the Regional Superintendent will make the decision in consultation with the Principal and Chief Information Officer.

Whenever possible, if a decision regarding school closing can be made the evening prior, the Chief Information Officer shall notify the Superintendent of the recommendation and seek final approval no later than 9:30 p.m.

If schools close for the day, road conditions will be reviewed again that afternoon and observations reported in time for the evening news, whenever possible. If road conditions are not likely to improve before the next morning, school will be canceled.

Notification will be announced to the news media, posted on the GCS Website (www.gcsnc.com), GCS social media outlets and broadcast on GCSTV 2. Connect-Ed ® also will be used to make this announcement. Whenever possible, GCS will make announcements in time for the 10 p.m. evening news reports. 

If the afternoon review finds that school is a possibility for the next day, the decision may be deferred until the next morning and the announcement will be made by 5 a.m.

Extra-Curricular Activities

High Schools - In the event that school is closed due to inclement weather conditions, all school activities will be canceled, unless permission to proceed has been coordinated by the Chief Information Officer and the Chief Student Services Officer. If school is canceled due to unfavorable road conditions, activity buses will not be operated. Under no circumstance should students be penalized for failure to attend activities when school is closed, even when special permission to proceed has been granted.

Elementary and Middle Schools – No school activities, including the ACES program, games, practices, rehearsals, performances, etc., shall take place when school is closed or dismissed early due to inclement weather, unless permission to proceed has been coordinated by the Chief Information Officer and the Chief Student Services Officer.

Inclement weather conditions may also cause after-school activities to be cancelled on days schools close at the regular time. These closings will be announced by the school, broadcast on GCSTV 2 and posted online at www.gcsnc.com.

Severe Weather – Watches and Warnings

Severe Weather Watch Principals are charged with monitoring weather conditions that might impact their schools. Principals and/or their designees are asked to monitor an all-weather radio at all times when school is in session. Transportation operations will proceed as usual during a severe weather watch. The Director of Transportation monitors conditions to ensure safe travel can be made by school buses. In order to maintain consistency in schedules, school buses will not deviate from the normal scheduled routes and will not make additional bus stops.

Severe Weather Warning Principals are charged with monitoring weather conditions that might impact their schools. If a severe weather warning is issued before buses are loaded and away from campus, bus operations will be suspended and the students, under the direction of their principal, will take shelter in the school building until the warning is expired. If a severe weather warning is issued after buses have departed from the school, bus drivers will be instructed to proceed cautiously to a safe area to park the bus until the storm warning has expired.


ACES Inclement Weather Plan

Early Dismissal

If school is closed early, ACES does not operate. ACES parents must pick up their children by the announced school closing time.

 

School Is Dismissed at Regular Time, But After-School Activities Are Canceled

When the school day ends at the regular time but after-school activities such as athletics and tutoring are canceled, ACES still operates. ACES parents are strongly encouraged to pick up children as early as possible so the family and ACES staff can arrive home before roads are unsafe.

 

School Closed/Canceled

ACES does not operate when school is closed for students. Even if the day is designated as an Optional Teacher Workday, ACES does not operate on days when school is canceled due to inclement weather.

 


ACES All-Days

 

In 2013-14, every ACES All-Day is a school day for one or more schools (extended-year and year-round elementary schools, middle/early college high schools, or regular 10-month schools).

 

If school is closed, any ACES All-Day scheduled for that day is canceled.

 

If school opening is delayed, the opening time for the ACES All-Day is delayed by the same amount of time. Ex. If school is delayed for 2 hours, the ACES All-Day is delayed from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

 

 

Closing Information

School closing information can be obtained on the GCS Website at www.gcsnc.com,
GCSTV 2 and on local TV and radio stations.

 

Weather conditions and other considerations may result in GCS making decisions regarding ACES operations other than those listed above.


Professional Development Inclement Weather Plan

When the school day schedule is changed due to inclement weather, the following procedures will apply for conducting scheduled professional development activities. A separate announcement regarding professional development activities will not be made.

  1. When school is delayed, the workshop will be delayed and will be concluded at the regularly scheduled time. (If school is delayed one hour, the workshop will be delayed one hour. If school is delayed two hours, the workshop will be delayed two hours.)
  2. When school is closed for students, the workshop is cancelled, and the session will be rescheduled.
  3. When schools are closed early, workshops will be dismissed at the same time.
  4. No workshops scheduled to begin after school shall take place when school is closed or dismissed early due to inclement weather.

For additional information regarding professional development activities please contact Randy Shiflett, Director of Professional Development, 665-8003.

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