Washoe Country School District

July 23, 2014

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Snow Advisory Procedures

Winter Weather Advisory Procedures

Winter weather in the Truckee Meadows and surrounding areas can be unpredictable. When severe weather strikes our area, our number one concern is the safety of all students in the Washoe County School District. The District wants to ensure every child and staff member can arrive at school safely, so the WCSD has plans in place to make the decision whether to delay, cancel or continue school as normal.

WCSD has a team of individuals that tracks the progress of winter weather and its impact on our roadways and schools. We work closely with the National Weather Service, the Cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County to make informed decisions about school schedules. Since winter weather can impact school schedules for parents, students and staff, we try to make the decision about delays or closures as early in the morning as possible. The safety of students and staff is the number one concern during days with winter weather hazards. The District will do everything possible to ensure our schools are ready for students and staff during Northern Nevada storms.

District Procedures on Snow Days

PARENT HOTLINE: 775-334-8373

Delayed Start
In response to the area receiving a significant amount of snow or the prediction that a significant winter storm or extreme conditions could potentially impact the traffic flow in the region, a “Delayed Start” could be issued to allow the road crews adequate time to prepare the roads for safe travel.
If a ‘Delayed Start’ is issued:

Schools and classes will start 2 hours later than usual.
Bus routes will be delayed 2 hours.
All morning latch-key programs are canceled.
Morning kindergarten is canceled.

School Closure
The District also may determine that schools need to be closed for the day if the weather is severe. If this is the case a ‘School Closure’ notice will be communicated to parents, staff and the community.

For a ‘School Closure’
• All schools will be closed. There will be no classes or programs provided that day .

Communications Protocol
The District Communications team will communicate the changes to parents and the community in a variety of ways:
• The information will be featured across the top of the District’s main webpage.
• A ‘Connect-Ed’ phone message will be sent to all parents and staff starting at 6 a.m.
• A ‘Delayed Start’ will be announced on local radio and TV stations as well as online newspaper editions starting after 5 a.m.
• The message will be on our social media sites including Facebook & Twitter

Incline Village
Incline Village schools determine their own delayed starts or closures. Announcements are sent to all local media outlets by 6 a.m. The Incline Schools Connection HOTLINE is 337-7509.

Natchez Elementary
Natchez Elementary School does follow the delayed start and closures like the rest of the District since so many of the staff there commutes from the Reno/Sparks area.