Generally speaking, we cannot reverse our decision in the morning without endangering students. Once we make the decision to open schools, many parents rely on it and leave for work. If we then send students back home, many will return to unsupervised bus stops and empty houses.
However, if conditions get worse during the school day, we may need to have an early dismissal, and we will try to give as much notice as possible to schools and parents.
Although we do our absolute best in this process, we know that often no perfect decision exists. If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best judgment on whether he or she should attend. Also, discourage teenagers or inexperienced drivers from driving in potentially bad conditions.
WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO?
1. Make sure all emergency contact information is up to date, such as address, phone numbers and names of emergency contacts
2. Monitor communications sites as listed above and avoid calling schools to keep phone lines open
3. Have a back-up plan for child care and school transportation in case of schedule change