Policy 602.04

Emergency School Closings

The closing of schools because of extreme weather or other emergencies will be announced on radio stations in the area. Such announcements will be made as soon as possible.

In the case of an emergency closing during the school day, an attempt will be made to give ample warning of the dismissal before sending students home.

Normal school hours will be followed during a tornado watch. In most cases, students will not be sent home when severe storms occur or when tornado warnings are received. They will be released from school only after the all-clear signal, or if there appears to be sufficient time for them to reach home before a storm hits. Students will be released to parents only during severe storms or tornado warnings unless there is authorization from the student’s parents for other arrangements.

The superintendent will develop rules and regulations to be followed in the case of school cancellation or early dismissal. This information will be communicated to parents annually.

Approved: November 10, 1992
Revised: December 9, 1996
Revised: August 14, 2006