School Closings

Indiana weather is unpredictable and situations such as a power failure can occur at any time. The following information is designed to help families prepare for just such an event and be aware of the school's procedures to keep our children safe.

 

Accessing Information

Read our Parent Information Letter with our standard procedures for the following situations, media to check, and how to best find out about weather or other changes in our school day.


Closings and Delays

State law requires that schools be in session for 180 days. When there is an unscheduled school closing, the school day will have to be made up at a later date unless the state grants a waiver. School corporation officials make decisions about school closings based on weather information, by directly checking road conditions, and from communications with highway departments, police agencies, and neighboring school systems. In some cases, such as fog, schools may be delayed. If this occurs, schools will begin two hours after their normal times and students should anticipate buses arriving about two hours later as well. Due to their half-day programming, our developmental preschool school delay information letter details how their program will run in the event of a delay.

 

Please do not call the schools or the school corporation office. Your call will tie up phone lines, preventing school officials from making needed communications about weather conditions. You will receive information much faster by your radio, TV or the internet than by telephone.

 

Dismissals and Relocation

Should weather or other factors (loss of building power, water problems, etc.) create a need for the school building to be closed, buses will be dispatched as quickly as possible to get students home or to another designated site if warranted. WIth more than 4,500 students in MCSC schools, it would be impossible to provide timely phone calls to all families in the event of an early school closing. To help prepare for such a situation, we ask that families do the following:
--Be sure your child’s emergency contact information is updated to include work phone numbers, a phone number for a trusted neighbor or nearby relative, and cell phone or pager numbers. Older children should have this information memorized in case they need to call.
--Discuss an early dismissal plan with your child. What should your child do if school is released before you come home? Should he/she get on the bus to go home or stay at school to wait for you? Let your bus driver and your child's teacher know the plan as well to avoid confusion.
--Let school personnel know who has permission to pick up your child. If there are custodial issues and the child should not be picked up by certain people, school personnel need to be made aware.
--If parents/guardians are away and a child is in the care of a relative or another adult, notify the school who will be taking care of your child, how they can be reached, and how long the child will be in the person’s care. This is necessary for many situations, such as a child becoming sick at school.
--If there is an evacuation to another site, listen carefully to media announcements (media contacted will be the same as those for a weather-related school closing) and follow instructions.

If your child’s school does have an emergency situation and you have made all necessary preparations, you will not need to call the school. This will assist the schools by freeing phone lines so calls can be made to transportation personnel, emergency personnel, and media as needed.