Weather Alerts- LCSD Procedure 2020/21
LCSD INCLEMENT WEATHER PROTOCOL 2020-21 (Updated 10/21/2020)
Decisions to adjust school start times or close schools are warranted when conditions effecting roads, power, water, sewer, and other environmental factors or illness affect the safety of our staff and students.
How decisions are made: Decisions to change the regular day are made by the Superintendent of Schools between 5 and 6 am. Any delay or closure is only made after consultation with regional experts related to the type of conditions creating the concern. For example, snow delays are based on reports from the County Department of Transportation, local law enforcement, and our District Transportation Supervisor. In addition, local school districts are often consulted (Manson, and Wenatchee).
How Decisions are communicated: Once the decision is made to change the school schedule information parents will be notified by 7 am through the following communication outlets:
- Auto-Dialer phone system
- Website http://www.chelanschools.org
- Social Media: Facebook and Twitter Feeds
- Regional Media is notified immediately of ANY type of school schedule change:
KOZI Radio: 100.9FM, 93.5FM, and 1230AM and online at www.kozi.com
KPQ Radio: 560AM and online at www.kpq.com
Lake ChelanNow news at https://lakechelannow.com
NCW Life Channel at https://www.ncwlife.com
Conditions that justify school delay or closure:
- Very heavy snowfall that prohibit buses with snow chains from traveling their routes, or
- Freezing rain causing treacherous driving conditions.
A challenge in any change in schedule is that not all conditions affect all schools or all families. For example, your own neighborhood may have unplowed roads, while the rest of the District roads are plowed and sanded.
Lake Chelan School District includes all types of public and private roads where conditions are variable.
School Modifications for the HYBRID Learning Schedule
- Morning delays (AM Session)
This is most common with heavy snow and ice conditions that require additional plowing or sanding. Fortunately, the Chelan and Douglas County Road Departments are very effective at having bus routes plowed and sanded by 6:30 AM, which is when most of our buses leave on their routes. Should school be delayed due to bad weather conditions:
- AM session will be cancelled (including Pre-School and all students attending for the purpose of internet access)
- PM sessions will continue as scheduled
- Early Releases (PM Session)
All after school practices and activities are canceled and as well as out of district travel. In the HYBRID MODEL the following scenarios are possibilities:
- PM session cancelled (prior to starting) due to bad weather: (parents will be informed well in advance of scheduled pick-up times whenever possible)
- PM session cancelled while students are in session: In this case, students may be bussed home earlier than expected (parents will be informed as soon as possible)
Important: Sending students home early is problematic as many parents will not be at home when their students are dropped off early. In locations prone to heavy drifting snow, early releases are more common. Parents in these areas need to plan for this and have neighbors or other family members who will supervise the students until parents can get home.
- School Closures (Full Day)
No evening activities or out of district travel. (Occasionally evening activities will get reinstated if afternoon conditions significantly improve throughout a region.) Parents and students will be informed the night before, or by 7 am the morning of the closure.
Lake Chelan School District encourages parents to provide both email and current phone numbers for text alerts.
Both of these communication tools continue to become more common for emergency type communications.