Have you ever wondered how
the district determines whether or not to close school during inclement
Here’s a look into the
The Superintendent assesses the
weather conditions at 4:00 am on days when schools may need to be closed. He
speaks with Director of Transportation and Director of Facilities by 4:30 to
determine whether roads are safe for travel within the district and whether
district facilities will be cleared to open on time. During this time, the
Director of Transportation is driving various bus routes throughout the
district to assess whether busses can run safely.
Questions the Superintendent
is the forecast for the next few hours before school begins?
cars and busses travel safely to and from school?
parking lots and walking areas be prepared to open on time or with a delay?
- What are the expected travel
conditions that will affect staff throughout the region?
Once the Superintendent decides
to close or open on a delayed schedule, he communicates the decision to select
staff who disseminate that information to various groups. The Superintendent
then schedules a voice message to be sent to parents and staff.
Once a final decision to close
or delay due to inclement weather is made, Dr. Steinhoff will post that
decision on the twitter account @pdsdsuper first followed by the traditional
methods of communication. Be sure to follow Dr. Steinhoff on twitter if you
want to be the first to find out.
The Communication Department
will also put information on the district’s twitter and Facebook pages as well
as on the district website.
In the event of a delayed
opening, Kindergarten will operate a modified schedule as follows:
A.M. Kindergarten: 10:50 a.m. –
P.M. Kindergarten: 1:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.