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Winter Weather Planning and Protocols

updated October 28, 2019

With November upon us, we felt it a good idea to provide a winter weather reminder for families. Winter weather can impact school in three ways: late start, early out, or the cancellation of school. As a District, we would like to remind you that the winter months are here and that each family needs to establish plans and protocols given any of the above scenarios.

In the past, I have always attempted to avoid using late starts because of the inconvenience it places on families. Last year, with the incredible winter it was clear that this was a protocol we could (and should) put into action more often. By my estimation, we could have attended school on 3 of the 10 days schools closed with a two-hour delayed start. I share this only in hopes that you are prepared for this IF we are forced into this situation during the upcoming winter months.

If there is a winter weather emergency, the District will be in contact with all local news outlets and will also issue an all-call to all numbers provided to us for use. If you need to add your number or email to our available list for phone and e-blasts, please contact your child’s school. We will also be posting information on the Meridian CUSD 223 Facebook page as any decisions are made regarding winter weather situations. If there comes a time where school may be canceled, we will do everything we can to make the decision and communicated prior to 6 AM. The one exception is ice and that is variable we sometimes cannot know until buses get on the road.

At Meridian CUSD 223 our number one priority is to keep our children safe and we will make decisions with that in mind.

If you have any questions, please call your child’s school.

Thank you,

Dr. PJ Caposey