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Closings & Delays

Closings & Delays

This web page will be updated in the event of inclement weather or other circumstances that result in the need to
alter the regular school schedule. When school schedules are changed, the school system will use the AlertNow
Rapid Notification Phone System to
alert parents of those changes.
Also, information can be obtained by calling 252-728-4583; checking television stations Channel 12, 9 or 7; or
tuning into radio stations 107.1FM, 103.3FM or 89.3FM.

IMPORTANT - Please Read:
Please recheck this page often - sometimes an existing decision is changed and that change will be posted
here as soon as it is made. Make sure you click on your "Refresh" or "Reload" button EVERY TIME YOU VISIT
THIS PAGE. If you don't you will not be viewing the most current message.

How Are Decisions To Alter The Regular School Day Made?
(A message from Superintendent Dr. Dan Novey)

The decision to alter the regular school schedule is a difficult one. However, weather conditions, power outages
or other emergencies at times make it necessary to alter the schedule. I believe our students are better served - both

academically and socially - by being in school. However, as always, my top priority is the safety of our students and
staff. The decision is made based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors such as:
Information on road conditions received from transportation staff and law enforcement officers;
Current weather, amount of ice/snow accumulation and predictions received from NOAA, Newport;
Building conditions such as availability of electricity and heat; School parking lot conditions; and Temperature and
wind chill.

As superintendent, I am responsible for the final decision, and I use the information provided to me from many
sources to make that decision. I also often consult with the superintendents in surrounding counties. The decision to
cancel or delay the opening of school is usually made by 5 a.m. Staff members are up most of the night collecting the
data because it is important that the decision be made as accurately as possible and as early as possible because
several of our school bus drivers began routes as early as 5:10 a.m. and some parents leave for work early.

Once the decision is made, it is announced to parents and staff members through the AlertNow automated calling
system. I urge all parents and staff to make sure your school office has your latest contact numbers. You can also
check this website; call 728-4583 for a recorded message; watch television stations Channel 12, 7 , 9 or News 14 and check
their websites; or tune into local radio stations for information about school closings or delays.

 Please keep in mind, if schools are open and conditions worsen during the day, we may need to have an early
dismissal and we will strive to give adequate notice to parents.

Although my staff and I do our absolute best in this process, we know that often no perfect decision exists. If you
question whether it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best judgment on whether he or she should attend.
Also, discourage teenagers from driving in bad or threatening conditions.

I hope this explanation helps everyone understand the process that we use to make the best possible decision for our
students and our staff.

Thank you.
Dr. Dan Novey, Superintendent