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When Do We Cancel School?
Jeannie Browning
Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

Parent(s) & Patron(s):

As you know we are in that time of the year when the possibility of school cancellations, early dismissals, or have a late start increase due to adverse winter conditions.  The decision to modify the school day due to weather is always carefully examined before the final decision is made.  School district officials directly check and monitor roadway conditions, they contact local agencies {KDOT, Wabaunsee County Transportation Department, local law enforcement agencies, etc...} for road condition reports.  Information is also considered from local weather reports and communication with other local districts.

USD 330 Mission Valley is approximately 375 square miles with land and roads in four counties.  Due to the large area that the district covers the road and weather conditions can vary across the district at any one time.  Roads may be treacherous in one area of the district and safe in other areas, however, the determination for school closure is based off of the area that is impacted the most.  USD 330 recognizes the fact that cancelling/delaying the start/dismissing early can create challenges for parents who need to find care for their child(ren), however, the safety of students will come first.

If a final decision cannot be made the night before then it is our goal to have a decision made in the mornings between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.  If adverse weather occurs during the school day and school needs to be dismissed early we will send out a notification at least 1 hour before dismissal.  It is important to make sure that your child's contact information is updated so that we have the most recent information.

If it is decided to cancel school we will immediately send an automated call through School Messenger.  Information will also be sent to local television and radio stations, as well as, USD 330 district website and social media.  Information will be sent to be broadcasted on the following: {TV Stations---Channels 13, 27 & 49} {Radio Stations: 580 WIBW-AM, 104.9 FM, 94.5 Country, and Country Legends 106.9}.

ALL SCHOOL ACTIVITIES will be cancelled or postponed when school is closed for dangerous road conditions, except for unique situations authorized through the district office.

Have a great day and stay warm!!!!