Weather emergencies, such as snow and ice, may cause disruptions in school operations, including the closure of school, a delayed opening or an early dismissal. The procedures used to address winter weather emergencies are consistent among all schools.
The weather contingency plan adds students instructional days to the end of the scheduled school year and from the planned spring break.
Closure of School
When district schools are closed, all instructional programs, extracurricular and after-school activities will be canceled. In extreme conditions, central administrative offices may also be closed.
A delayed opening means that schools open two hours later than scheduled. All busses operate on the same delayed schedule; pick-up times are two hours later than normal. When elementary schools open on a delayed schedule, kindergarten runs on a modified schedule (see below). Any other specialized programs or field trips scheduled before noon will be cancelled.
If conditions warrant an early closing of schools (i.e. hurricane, snow, flooding), the superintendent will make the decision by 10:30 a.m. If that decision is made, Pennridge High School will close at 11:30 a.m., the middle schools at 12:30 p.m., and the elementary schools at 1 p.m.
The staggered schedule is necessary so that school busses can make their runs.
When elementary schools close early, afternoon kindergarten is canceled, as well as any special programs or field trips scheduled after noon.
Parents and guardians are welcomed to call the school if an early dismissal is in question. However, as soon as a decision is made, it will be announced on the television and radio stations, as well as websites listed below. Parent phone chains will be used to whatever extent possible.
Weather Conditions and Decisions
The school district uses a variety of sources of information to determine whether to close schools, delay the opening of schools, or dismiss schools early. These sources include actual physical inspection of road and school conditions by transportation officials and other staff at spots throughout the county, and an analysis of independent reports from the National Weather Service, Accu-Weather and the news media.
The most severe weather conditions within the county are used as the basis for the decision-making criteria. Consistent procedures are maintained to respond quickly to emergency weather conditions and protect the safety and well being of students.
All public schools within Bucks County adhere to the same procedures concerning emergency weather conditions. The decision to change school operations is made by the superintendent of schools or his designee, and affect all schools within the school system.
Public Announcements/Emergency Notification
Information about school operations is announced publicly as soon as possible on:
Modified Kindergarten Schedules