Inclement Weather Information for Parents and Students
The safety of students and staff is a priority for Asheboro City Schools and decisions made during inclement weather are among the most important and most difficult faced by school personnel.
Timing is Crucial
However, the later the decision is made, the more accurate the information on which the decision is based.
Weather forecasting is not an exact science. If a decision is made the night before, we may awaken to bright sunshine or even worse weather than predicted.
Buses may begin routes when it is dark and difficult to clearly see road conditions. Even with a two-hour delay, routes may begin as early as 8:45 a.m.
The earlier the notice, the more convenient it is for parents and staff who have to make child care arrangements and work decisions.
Once a decision is made, it takes 20-25 minutes to notify all media outlets and sometimes another 5-10 minutes for the announcement to be broadcast.
If a delay is necessary, it will be a two-hour delay.
Telephones are on all buses so drivers can report hazardous conditions as needed.
Where are inclement weather schedule changes announced?
ACS website, television and radio announcements on inclement weather changes will be given to the media no later than 6:15 a.m.
WFMY News 2 WGHP FOX 8
WXII News 12 WXLV 45
WKXR 1260 AM Rock 92.3
WMAG 99.5 WKSI 98.7
WZTK 101.1 WZOO 710 AM
If no announcement is made, school will be open as usual.
The superintendent decides school schedules during inclement weather and she relies on input from many sources to make the best decision.
When inclement weather is forecast, staff monitor the Weather Channel, National Weather Service, area TV forecasts and weather websites.
Progress Energy, Emergency Management Services, N.C. Department of Transportation, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and area law enforcement all provide input.
Staff members drive various parts of the city, multiple times if needed, to check road conditions.
Contact is made with neighboring school systems, but decisions are made based on local conditions.
Temperatures vary between day and night and sometimes by the hour. Melted ice and snow often refreeze to form black ice overnight.
Make up days are designated on the calendar, but these sometimes are not enough. State law requires students to attend 180 days and 1,000 instructional hours.
Weather severity dictates closing for staff. This decision also impacts make-up days. We may not lengthen the teacher contract period and must make up missed days by swapping with other days in the school calendar.
Reminders for Parents
Discourage teenagers from driving to school during inclement weather.
Make child care arrangements if school is delayed or closed.
Keep your children at home if you feel roads are unsafe for travel.
Designated Make-Up Days
The following dates in the 2007-2008 calendar are designated as make-up days. These dates are NOT in priority order.
Jan. 2, 22; Feb. 18; March 7, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28; April 28; June 11, 12, or 13.
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