Inclement Weather Procedures
When inclement weather is a possibility, SCUC ISD district leadership monitors the conditions during the day, overnight, and into the early morning hours. The district takes several factors into consideration before making a decision to cancel, delay, or dismiss school early due to weather. The most important consideration is always the safety of our students and staff to and from school. We do consider the impact of the decisions of our neighboring districts as many of our employees may face child care challenges and won’t be able to come to work if those districts are closed.
Cancellations, Delays, and Early Releases - How Decisions are Made
When inclement weather threatens normal school operations, the following steps are taken:
The district's Director of Transportation leads a Road Inspection Team that evaluates the roadways and travel conditions across the district. This team drives all throughout the district to assess the road conditions to determine if safe and/or alternate routes exist that our bus drivers or other motorists can use.
The Superintendent consults with the Road Inspection Team and other district leaders, and also has access to information from emergency management and local city officials.
After taking into account all the information that is received from internal and external sources, the Superintendent will make a decision as early as possible in order to get buses moving and to allow ample time for notification to families.
The Communication Process - What Happens Next
When a decision is made to cancel, delay, or dismiss school early, the district will notify parents using the Blackboard mass notification system and the SCUC ISD website and all social media sites will be updated as quickly as possible. Our goal is to notify our stakeholders no later than 5:30 a.m. In some instances we may opt to send out a notification the night before.
Information about school closures, delays, or early dismissal be communicated through the following media, including but not limited to:
BlackBoard (mass notification email, phone and/or text messaging)
Local Media outlets including radio, TV and print/online newspapers
Because of the uncertainty of weather conditions, we ask parents and staff to monitor email, the SCUC ISD website, social media, and local media before heading to school or sending children to the bus stop. Our goal is to make the best decision we can for our SCUC ISD students and staff with the information we have at the time.
Note: No weather announcement from SCUC ISD means classes will be held on a normal schedule.