School Closing Procedures for Winter 2014-15
Every winter, Shelby County Schools works closely with the National Weather Bureau to stay informed of all inclement weather forecasted for the Shelby County area. Forecasts are relied on to aid in decisions about school closings and early dismissals due to inclement weather. Closings and dismissals may be based on both existing weather and predictions.
In every instance of inclement weather, the district staff will check conditions on neighborhood streets, bus routes and school property in all SCS communities to determine if it is safe for travel to and from school and student activities. Consideration will also be given to weather conditions that would make it difficult or dangerous to operate schools.
SCS always tries to give parents as much notice as possible when closing schools. However, since weather is sometimes unpredictable, it is possible that a decision on closing schools may not be made until morning.
How will parents be notified of school closings?
In addition to sending phone calls to all parents, SCS will utilize the following channels to publicize weather-related school closings and early dismissals:
SCS also posts information on the district website, www.scsk12.org, and shares closing information with the local media.
Decisions on how and when to make up instructional time missed due to inclement weather are made by the Board of Education. To best account for all possible weather-related closings, these decisions are typically made following the winter weather season. If the Board determines that make-up days are necessary, they will be scheduled at the end of the year on days that are designated for make-ups on the instructional calendar.
The days currently designated for make-up days on the 2014-15 instructional calendar are May 25-28, 2015. If additional make-up days are required, the Board will determine how to schedule these days after the winter weather season.