Bad Weather Closing Procedures
The following information is provided to help parents understand how the district determines whether or not to hold school on bad weather days and the notification procedures which are in place. The Superintendent and staff members are advising him on the decision must consider several factors:
- Road safety of students and staff and ability of school buses to travel safely.
- Safety of students while at school.
- Some young students may not have adult supervision during the day if school is closed.
- Other students may not have an appropriate place to stay during the day.
Be assured that the decision to close school is a very important one and is made only after thorough consideration.
Here are some guidelines to follow:
- Assume the school will be open as usual.
- Check with one of the following sources of information to obtain accurate information:
- All major television stations (see list below)
- Major radio stations (see list below)
- The District's Facebook and Twitter social media pages and District website
- The District's procedure for closing schools is as follows:
- Student and staff safety is our major considerations.
- We closely monitor weather reports on the major television and radio stations.
- We are in contact with the police department, sheriff's department and the Nueces County Emergency System, as needed.
- We are in contact with neighboring school districts.
- The Transportation Director will determine the degree of road safety and contact the Superintendent to discuss the conditions throughout the District, with special emphasis on areas traveled by school buses. At this time, the Superintendent will determine if more data is needed before the decisions is made whether or not to ope or close school.
- Superintendent makes the final decision.
- If the Superintendent makes the decision to close schools, procedures will be put in place between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. Parents will be notified by the District's call-out system and information will also be posted on the District's website and Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition, all media outlets will be notified.
- If the Superintendent makes the decision to delay the opening of school, parents will be notified by the District call-out system and information will be posted on the District's website and Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition, all media outlets will be notified (see list below).
- If the Superintendent makes the decision for an unscheduled early release of students, parents will be notified by the District's call-out system. This information will be posted on the District's website and Facebook and Twitter pages.
- If schools must be closed, the school day must be made up later in the year on one of the dates designated as a "bad weather" day.
- Other conditions such as heating capabilities may influence the decision.
- Most schools and departments have only one or two phone lines. If schools are in session and the weather is getting bad, it is important that we keep all lines open for emergencies. Limit cell phone usage to avoid overloading the system and confusion.
- Please listen to the TV or radio stations.
If the decision is made to close schools, the media (TV and radio) are the first individuals we notify. You will get the most accurate and timely information from these sources.
Delayed Openings and Early Dismissals
Due to the "Staggered Schedules" for High School, Junior High, Intermediate, Elementary, Primary, and ECC, students start the morning and leave school in the afternoon at different times. Flour Bluff ISD AVOIDS delayed openings/early dismissals except in real emergencies.
When it comes to a delayed opening, it is very difficult to communicate the varied time schedules that come into play with the "staggered schedule" to the public, and coordinate the different time schedules with staff members.
With regards to an unexpected early dismissal, it is very difficult to get all of the bus drivers back to work on short notice. The District must also consider the after-school child care arrangements/adult supervision for younger students with working parents and/or guardians.
- KIII (Channel 3/5)
- KRIS (Channel 6/7)
- KZTV (Channel 10/12)
- KORO (Channel 28)
- KZFM Z-95
- KNCN C-101.3
- KOUL 93.5/107.7
- KRYS K99.1
- KSAB 99.9
- KEDT 90.3
- KRAD 105.5
- KLITE 96.5
- KUNO 1400 AM
- KRYS 1360 AM
- KEYS 1440 AM