Our district's staff understands that our decision to open or close schools in bad weather has a major effect on families. We also understand that our students are better served - both academically and socially - by being in school. But as always, our top priority is the safety of our students.
Please understand that we make the decision to open or close the schools in bad weather based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors, such as:
- Information on road conditions from transportation staff and from the police. We must give careful consideration to the most dangerous roads in the district. Even i f your street looks clear, travel elsewhere in the district may be dangerous. Also, we must consider that some high school students drive to school.
- Amount of snow and ice accumulated.
- Whether precipitation is continuing.
- Building conditions (such as whether we have electricity and heat).
- Temperature and wind chill. Please remember that some of our students walk to school and some must wait outside for the bus.
- Weather predictions. We prefer not making our decision based on weather predictions, which are not always accurate; but sometimes this is unavoidable.
- What other school districts are doing. We also share information with other local districts and check whether they are opening or closing.
The superintendent is responsible for the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from our transportation providers and our local police departments.
School delays and cancellations are posted in the following places:
- The District's website, www.kosd.org.
- The District's social media accounts, Facebook and Twitter
Finally, we also have an emergency notification system, called SchoolMessenger, that sends out emails, text messages and automated phone messages to District families that register for the free service. Do not call the school unless it is an emergency.
Due to the need to notify transportation providers, every effort is made to make the decision as soon as possible. We also make every effort to not have to reverse a decision once it is made, however, due to worsening conditions, please keep in mind that this is not always possible.
Although we do our absolute best in this process, we know that often no perfect decision exists. If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best judgment on whether he or she should attend. Also, please discourage teenagers from driving in bad conditions.