HOW IS THE DECISION MADE?
– Please understand that the decision to open or close the schools in bad weather is based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors, such as:
- Information on road conditions from transportation staff and from the police. Careful consideration is given to the most dangerous roads in the district. Even if your street looks clear, travel elsewhere in the district may be dangerous. Also, consideration is given to the fact that some high school students drive to school.
- Amount of snow and ice accumulated.
- Whether precipitation is continuing.
- Building conditions (such as whether schools have electricity and heat).
- Parking lot conditions. Administrators discuss the conditions of the schools’ parking lots and sidewalks with the maintenance and custodial staff members to determine if the sites are safe.
- Temperature and wind chill. Please remember that some of our students walk to school and some must wait outside for the bus.
- Weather predictions. The administration prefers not making a decision based on weather predictions, which are not always accurate, however, sometimes this is necessary.
WHO MAKES THE DECISION?
- What other school districts are doing. Whether other local districts are opening or closing is also a consideration.
– The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for the final decision, based on the above factors.HOW IS THE PUBLIC NOTIFIED?
– Announcements are made on the Fabens School District’s Web page, and Blackboard communication system, and on local radio and TV stations. Parents, staff members and the public are reminded NOT to contact the Police Department regarding school closings.
WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE? – The Superintendent of Schools must make the decision to close the schools by 5:30 a.m. or earlier, so that radio and TV stations are notified and the information is posted on the district’s Web site.
WILL SCHOOLS CLOSE IF CONDITIONS WORSEN? – Please keep in mind that, even if weather conditions worsen, the decision to close schools for the day cannot be reversed without endangering students. When the decision is made to open the schools, many parents rely on it and leave for work. If we then send students back home, many will return to unsupervised bus stops and empty houses. If conditions worsen during the school day, a decision to conduct an early dismissal will be considered.
STUDENT ATTIRE - Every attempt is made to keep buses running to time. However, delays may occur. Students should be dressed warmly, and a back-up plan prepared in case of long delays.