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Inclement Weather Closings and Delays FAQ

February 01, 2019

Inclement Weather Closings and Delays FAQ

Student and staff safety is the most important consideration when inclement weather forces decisions to delay or cancel school. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions we receive regarding inclement weather:

Q: How is the decision made to delay or cancel school for inclement weather?
Transportation Director Zach McKinney and members of his department will begin driving routes as early as 4:30 A.M. to test road conditions. He also reviews weather reports from multiple agencies, such as the National Weather Service and consults with city and county road crews on their findings during the early morning hours. The transportation director will update Superintendent Dr. Allen Bourff, who is also in close contact with city officials, local authorities and neighboring school districts to determine the safety of the roads in the area. 

As soon as possible, the superintendent will make a decision about school delays and/or cancellations, so that staff and students can be notified. The superintendent considers several factors in making the final decision: weather predictions, time of day, wind-chill factor and road conditions.
Q: Where will information be posted regarding school delays and closing?
 Hamilton Southeastern Schools will notify staff, students and parents via phone call, text and e-mail (please check your settings in Skyward Family Access). The information is also posted in the following places:
Twitter: @HSESchools
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HSESchools/
HSE Schools Website: www.hseschools.org
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Skylert is our phone, text and e-mail alert system. Choose which notifications to receive and how you want to receive them by logging into your Skyward Family Access account. 
Q. My part of the city is safe to drive. Why are we delaying and/or cancelling school?
HSE Schools encompasses a wide-variety of roads and terrain, including areas with narrow, steep hills that can become impassible in certain weather conditions, and rural areas where snow removal can be challenging. Your part of the city may be passable, but that does not mean that buses can safely take children to school in all parts of HSE.
Q: Will all after-school activities be canceled if school is closed?
Typically, after-school student activities will be cancelled when school has been closed all day. Please check the district website and/or your school's website for specific information.
Q. My streets are pretty slick. Why wasn’t school delayed and/or cancelled?
We encourage parents and teenage drivers to use extreme caution when driving in less than ideal conditions. Again, while your neighborhood might have more difficult driving conditions, other areas may not.
Q. Other districts are delaying and/or closing for weather. Why aren’t we?
Each district has its own unique set of weather, roads and city or county snow removal procedures. Additionally, nearby districts may receive slightly different weather or have different road conditions. We drive routes throughout our district to make sure that buses and cars can get through and make the decision based on the specific conditions within HSE Schools.
Q. Why are school delays and/or closure decisions not made the night before?
Weather is very unpredictable in Central Indiana. Frequently predictions of snowfall, ice or extreme cold do not always result in conditions that would justify delaying or cancelling school. Waiting until morning allows us to drive the roads and make the call based on actual weather and road conditions. 
Q. Why does HSE have a two-hour delay instead of closing for the day?
This option allows us to keep students and staff safety as a top priority, while also maximizing instructional time during the regularly scheduled school year.
Q. When will HSE Schools use a two-hour delay?
A two-hour delay may be issued due to a variety of weather concerns, such as snow, ice or extreme cold temperatures. When the temperatures dip below a certain point, it’s not only potentially hazardous for our students to be outside for extended periods of time, but our buses may also have trouble starting. Temperatures occasionally warm up later in the morning, enabling our buses to depart for their routes on-time, and students are not left waiting outside at the bus stop in the cold. A two-hour delay will also allow city road crews enough time to plow or treat the roadways.
Q. What will the school day look like during a two-hour delay?
Doors to all K-8 buildings will open two-hours later than normal. The doors at the high schools will be open to students arriving early. Breakfast will not be served at the elementary schools during a two-hour delay, but lunch will be served on-time. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the intermediate, junior high and high schools.
Dismissal for all students will take place at the normal time.
Q. How will the two-hour delay affect when my child gets picked up in the morning?
Every school and bus pick up will start two hours later than usual. For example, if your child gets picked up normally at 6:58 A.M. on delay start days, your child will be picked up at 8:58 A.M.
Q. If school is cancelled, how will my student(s) make up the day and/or missed class work?
When school is cancelled due to inclement weather, students will have an eLearning Day. All students will receive their instructions for the missed day’s class work/activities from their teachers no later than 9:00 A.M. For grades K-4, the instructions may be posted in Canvas, Seesaw or will be emailed to families. For grades 5-12, the instructions will be communicated via Canvas.
Q. How long will my child have to complete assigned eLearning Day work/activities?
Typically, eLearning Day work/activities are due one week after the eLearning Day.
Q. What if my child does not complete the eLearning Day work/activities?
Students who do not complete their eLearning Day work/activities will be marked absent for the date of the eLearning Day. Also, if a teacher takes a grade on the work/activities, the student will not receive credit.
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