School Delays and Closures due to Inclement Weather: What you need to know

2020-2021 PLAN FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER WHILE IN REMOTE AND HYBRID LEARNING MODES 


INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSURE 

The District will NO longer have 2-hour delays in the event of inclement weather, instead, we will close our schools for in-person instruction. This means;

  • ALL school buildings will be closed for in-person instruction for ALL students.
  • ALL students will learn online during their regular school start and end times.
  • Students will login to Zoom at their regular cohort start times (AM or PM) and into Canvas for online learning during the other half of the day.
  • Students attending either the hybrid AM or PM sessions will learn fully online. They will log into their Canvas classrooms in the morning at their regular start time and continue learning online for the whole school day.
  • Any onsite events that have been scheduled at school will be canceled.
  • Preschool will be canceled.
  • YMCA Childcare will be provided. Parents will be contacted by the YMCA with specific details.
  • Grab and go meals will be available at all elementary school sites and WHS from 11 am-1 pm.

CLOSURE ON LATE START MONDAY

In the event of an inclement weather closure on a late start Monday, ALL students will learn online. This means;

  • ALL school buildings will be closed for in-person instruction for ALL students.
  • ALL students will learn online following the late start schedule.
  • ALL students will learn online following the late start schedule. Students will log into their Canvas Classrooms beginning at their normal late start, start time.
  • Students attending either the hybrid AM or PM sessions will learn fully online. They will log into their Canvas classrooms in the morning at their regular start time and continue learning online for the whole school day.
  • Any onsite events that have been scheduled at school will be canceled.
  • Preschool will be canceled.
  • YMCA Childcare will be provided. Parents will be contacted by the YMCA with specific details.
  • Grab and go meals will be available at all elementary school sites and WHS from 11 am-1 pm.

How and when will you find out if school is late or closed?

Automated Phone Calls & Emails: Please make sure the phone number and email you have provided to your school are up-to-date. You may check with your child’s school office.
Remind Text Notification: Please make sure the cell phone you have provided to your school is up-to-date
Website Announcements: Be sure to bookmark the district's website wenatcheeschools.org 
Social Media Posts: Follow us on Twitter @ WenatcheeSD and find us on Facebook at @Wenatcheeschools
Local TV/Radio Announcements

How does the school district decide whether to close or delay school?
Transportation Director, Jenny Lagadinos checks the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather updates as well as the county for road conditions. She drives bus routes to evaluate road conditions and contacts Superintendent Gordon by 5 AM. Superintendent Gordon makes the final decision as to whether schools stay on schedule or close.

Why would the district delay the start of school?
Delaying school gives the Transportation Department time to chain up the fleet. It also puts bus travel in a safer, non-commute time.

School delays and closures can impact a family’s schedule.

The decision to delay or close school is not taken lightly. It’s disruptive for working parents that have to come up with a plan for the care of children. We recommend families of young children develop a backup plan in the event that schools are closed and students need to transition to online learning.

Questions? Call the Transportation Department at (509) 662-6168. The office opens at 6:00 AM.