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Closings & Delays

Closings & Delay Communication

Carteret County Public Schools will have a one (1) hour delay tomorrow, December 10, for students. Staff may report at the usual time if safe to do so. This decision was made after several discussions with NOAA forecasters. Those forecasters are predicting heavy winds and coastal flooding this evening. Under normal circumstances this amount of rainfall would not be a problem. However, there are many areas already flooded from the rains and because of hurricane debris blocking ditches and drainage areas.
The one (1) hour delay tomorrow will allow bus drivers, student drivers and parents to have more visibility. All drivers are urged to use extreme caution because there will be standing water on many roads throughout the county. (A phone call to parents/employees will go out at 3:30 p.m.)

Closing & Delay Communication

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 SchoolMessenger 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 Mat Bottoms)

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 and the Board of Education's 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 work with a team of school administrators to make the final decision, and we use the information provided from many sources to make that decision. We 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. Parents and staff members are reminded to make sure your school office has your latest contact numbers. You can also check this website; check the school system's facebook page; 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 our team does its 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.

Mat Bottoms, Superintendent