The following procedures are used to close school or to delay the opening of school due to inclement weather.
Delayed Openings: When the transportation providers and town road crews feel that road conditions are not safe, the superintendent is notified and the opening of school may be delayed for two hours. Accordingly, buses will run two hours late. An automated phone messaging system will be used to notify families and the VT Association of School Broadcasters will be notified of the delayed opening for their announcements. This information is distributed to television and radio stations throughout the state no later than 6:45 AM. If at 8:45 AM the roads are still not safe for the school buses, then the school will be closed for the day and the procedures listed above will be used to make the “no school” announcement.
Early Dismissal: In inclement weather students may be dismissed early from school to ensure their safety home. Changes in school schedules will be posted on the website, announced on local radio stations, and communicated via the automated phone system.
Closing of School: If the decision is to close school rather than to delay the opening, the automated phone messaging system will be used to notify families and the VT Association of School Broadcasters will be notified of the decision to close school for their announcements. This information is distributed to TV and radio stations throughout the state no later than 6:45 AM.
There may be times when only certain roads or areas are not passable. When the bus driver comes upon these, the driver may not use the road if it does not seem safe. Therefore, it is possible that some children may not be picked up. In heavy snow, road conditions may prohibit the buses from completing routes on time and the bus may arrive at school late. Students on these buses are not marked tardy.
If parents feel that the roads to school are not safe, then the children may be kept at home. Parents should contact the school to let them know.
There are multiple options for parents, students, faculty and staff to be notified of a school closing.
Lamoille South Supervisory Union notifies the VT Association of School Broadcasters of the decision to close school. This information is distributed to TV and radio stations throughout the state no later than 6:45 AM.
In addition, LSSU's automated phone messaging system is used to notify families and employees when there is a school closure or school emergency. The contact information provided during the school registration process is used to contact families via phone, email or text message.
If you feel that you are not receiving the automated messages or if you need to change your contact information, please contact the school that your child attends. The office staff will be able to help confirm or change your contact information.
LSSU : 802-888-4541
MES : 802-888-3101
PAML : 802-888-1401
PA : 802-888-4600
SES : 802-253-4154
SMS : 802-253-6913
SHS : 802-253-7229
School Closings and Emergency Announcements