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School Closure Procedures

LA GRANDE SCHOOL DISTRICT EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION

HOW CAN I GET WEATHER / EMERGENCY INFORMATION?

Depending on weather conditions, schools will either close for the day, open two hours late with regular bus routes or open with snow bus routes. Changes to the school schedule are usually announced by 6 a.m. Weather emergencies can sometimes disrupt power and telephone service. The following methods will be used to keep you informed, so please pick the one that works best for you or the situation. Please remember to keep a battery-equipped radio for emergency communications back-up.

Monitor phones for a call from “School Reach”, the District’s automated calling system. Calls will be placed to the primary phone number listed in each student’s record.

Check the District website at www.lagrandesd.org for up to date information.

Go to FlashAlert at www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=3534 and sign up to receive text messages, email alerts, and to read emergency notifications. If you are searching for us on their website, the District is listed under a group called “Columbia Basin School Districts”.

Follow the District on Facebook – links are listed on the District’s main page under “LGSD Links”.
Tune to La Grande radio stations for line updates:
  • KUBQ - 98.7 FM KWRL - 99.9 KCMB – 104.7 
  • KOOL – 105.9 FM KLBM – 1450 AM* can operate during power outages 
  • Urock- 101.1 FM 
HOW ARE DECISIONS MADE?
We closely monitor the weather. Most often, decisions are made in the early morning rather than the night before so that the most current weather conditions and forecasts can factor into the decisions. We recognize the impact on family schedules, and will communicate any decision as quickly as possible. In the early morning hours (typically beginning at about 4:30 a.m.), district and transportation contractor staff drive main roads to assess driving and walking conditions. Information is compiled and reported to the Superintendent, who will make the decision based on the best available information at that time to close, delay and / or run busses on snow routes. We understand these decisions disrupt family life and appreciate your patience during these severe weather situations. While we know that our students and families are best served when we are open, our top concern is the safety of our students and staff.

WILL SOME SCHOOLS CLOSE OR DELAY WHILE OTHERS REMAIN OPEN?
Generally, no. The decision whether to close or delay applies to all schools so that it will be easily understood and equitable for all students, staff and families. In rare circumstances when an emergency such as a prolonged power outage or heating problem affects only one school, then a single school closure may be called.

WHAT IF THE STORM BEGINS WHEN CHILDREN ARE ALREADY AT SCHOOL?
We try, if at all possible, not to dismiss school early due to weather, except in rare extreme weather conditions. Young children should not be dropped off at bus stops without an adult and releasing early is problematic when families are not expecting it. Families may choose to pick up their children early. In most cases staying at school until the regular release time is the safest option.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES A “LATE START”?
Students catch the bus about ONE HOUR late on MONDAYS, or TWO HOURS late on TUESDAY THRU FRIDAY at their regular bus stop (or at their snow route stop if snow routes are in effect). Building class start times are as follows:

School at all buildings will begin exactly two hours later than normal times when there is a "two hours late" posting.

The end of day release time for all schools remains the same.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN “SNOW ROUTES” IN EFFECT?
A snow route is a modified bus route that generally runs on main roads rather than side lanes. Due to drifting snow conditions in our valley, the bus may not be able to travel off of the major plowed roads.

Depending on where you live, a snow route may or may not be necessary. On snow route day’s students will be returned to the snow route stop. Parents are responsible for getting their students to and from the snow route bus stop.

IF SCHOOL IS CLOSED, WILL MISSED DAYS BE MADE UP?

State law determines that minimum number of hours of student contact time that is required. This varies by grade level. The school administration monitors this when school closures occur to determine if make up days will be necessary. As soon as it is determined that missed time will need to be made up an announcement will be made and a revised school calendar published.

We recognize the importance of having children in school on a regular schedule with quality, uninterrupted learning time. With safety as our primary concern, decisions that impact student learning are always weighed with careful consideration. Please be patient during weather situations as we share in the frustration regarding schedule changes.

IF SCHOOL IS CLOSED, ARE ACTIVITIES / EVENTS / MEETINGS CANCELLED? 
Yes. All school and district athletics-including mandatory or voluntary practices/rehearsals/activities (including field trips and school district facility rentals), meetings/events previously planned for before, after school and evening are cancelled if school is closed for a weather emergency. When school is open, on snow routes or delayed start activities planned that occur after the late start time will go on as planned unless the meet, contest or event opponents agree to cancel.

This information can be downloaded and printed from the attached PDF File Below.
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Timothy Welch,
Aug 2, 2012, 11:06 AM
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