Inclement Weather - School Closings
The winter weather will soon be upon us, and it is important to review procedures for school closing or delaying the opening of school due to snow and inclement weather.
As you may have heard, the State is now allowing schools to use virtual learning on snow days so they do not have to make up the days. Since we are not fully 1:1 (only HHS & HMS students take home computers each night), using virtual learning on snow days would require us to anticipate a closing the day before a weather event to send home computers with elementary students. This scenario is a difficult one for everyone and for a one day closure, it’s just not practical. However, if we see a large storm coming that could result in several days out of school, we may send home computers and implement virtual learning if the closure lasts multiple days.
The Harrisonville School District may also delay the opening of school by two hours when it appears conditions might improve. The decision to close school or to delay the opening of school by two hours will be made by 5:30 a.m. to allow time for the media to broadcast this decision prior to most students preparing for the school day. When school is delayed by two hours, Harrisonville High School, Wildcat Academy and Cass Career Center will begin at 9:40 a.m., Harrisonville Middle School will begin at 9:30 a.m., and McEowen Elementary, Harrisonville Elementary, and the Early Childhood Center will begin at 10:50 a.m. A few notes about a late start…
*No breakfast will be served on these days.
*There will be no morning preschool at ECC.
*There will be no morning Cass Career Center sending school classes.
*The Community Center's before school program will run as normal and buses will just pick up two hours later than normal.
*Regular school closing time will be observed on delayed school opening days.
Local Kansas City TV stations (4, 5, 9, and 41) will be notified by the school district of any delay, early dismissal or cancellation of school. Blackboard, the automated calling and texting system, will also be used for all inclement weather notices, and well as the school district app (available by searching Harrisonville Schools in the Google Play or App stores), Facebook (www.facebook.com/HvilleSchools), Twitter (@HvilleSchools) and the district website. The district notifications (email, text, call, website, social media) would be used to provide information if we decide to use virtual learning during an extended closure.
Please check multiple sources for school district notifications when the weather is questionable.
Once children are in school, approximately three hours are required to get the last child home after a decision is made to close school. For this reason, it is unlikely school will be canceled once classes are in session. However, when conditions dictate an early release, school will be dismissed. The Blackboard calling and texting system will notify parents of any early school dismissal. It is also a good idea to listen to a radio or television station any time weather conditions are changing or in question. The district website will carry early school dismissal information as soon as decisions are made.
It is very important that parents have plans for younger children if school is dismissed early. In the event a parent is not or cannot be home, arrangements should be made for the child to stay with a friend or neighbor. Parents should insist their children dress for protection against prolonged exposure to the weather as a safety precaution.
The decision to hold school or not to hold school is always a difficult one. Every effort will be made to consider the safety of the students, the safety of the staff, and the impact on parents when making such decisions. Your cooperation and assistance is appreciated. It is always the parent or guardian’s decision to determine the safety for their child during inclement weather. If you have questions regarding school dismissal, call the building in which your child attends or the district office at 380-2727.
Superintendent of Schools