With more snow expected tonight (Oct. 9), Park City School District is reminding parents to read the district’s winter weather procedures.
Winter Weather Procedures
The District’s top priority is safety of all students and staff. During the winter months, schools in Park City School District will remain open, if at all possible, on all scheduled school days. Even when weather conditions are severe, every effort will be made to keep schools open in the belief that it is in the best interest of the students.
The decision to close school, delay start time, or release students and staff early can only be made by the superintendent; this includes cancellation of any elementary after-school programs. When schools close early due to weather, all evening activities will be cancelled, with the exception of high school athletics and activities, which will be determined by the superintendent and athletic director. Sometimes there are exceptions to this rule; and we will notify you of these situations as they arise.
By policy, head secretaries and 12-month employees, which includes principals and assistant principals, are expected to report to work as soon as it is safe to do so. This expectation is based upon the issue that we may have families who do not receive notification and may come to the schools.
The District recognizes the rights of parents to make decisions that are best for their children. Therefore, the option to keep children home when weather conditions are severe is always at the parents’ discretion and the school respects the decision. An excused absence is given if the parents make the decision for their student(s) to remain home.
The following information outlines the communication procedures that will be followed if such school closures or early dismissals become necessary.
The district team begins monitoring weather as early as 4:30 AM by monitoring UDOT road condition reports, the National Weather Service weather conditions and patterns, and in consultation with city and county transportation officials. An additional issue is that we are dependent upon on how fast the the city and county can clear the roads.
A text, via PCSD Chat, will be sent to all parents and employees no later than 6:15 a.m. when school has been cancelled.
Parents and employees should listen to the following news media for school closure information starting at 6:00 A.M.
Radio Station: KPCW
TV Station: PCTV
No announcement means normal operation; schools are open.
Parents Need An Emergency Plan
Parents are encouraged to establish an emergency plan for their children in the event that schools are closed, or are dismissed early. Parents should instruct their children where to go or what to do if a parent is not at home. We encourage parents to have a written plan and to also share that plan with a trusted neighbor or friend to help in times of school closures.
On severe weather days, understand that buses may be running late due to road conditions and/or traffic delays. In some areas, our buses may need to meet students at an alternate locations due to road conditions. Please watch for an email message regarding those locations or delayed bus routes. Parents are always asked to wait with and/or meet their students at bus stops when buses are running on delayed or emergency schedules. An example of an alternate stop location due to road conditions would be if buses were to load/unload at the bottom of Pinebrook Road at the tennis courts.
Closures Are For One Day Only
All announcements are for one day only.
Per District Policy 5000, any full day of school missed due to weather conditions will be made up at a later date. The 2018-19 calendar clearly designates June 6, 2019, as a full make-up day, if necessary.