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Winter Weather: How We Make the Decision to Cancel School or Open Late

Dear Pennridge Community,
 
I apologize for the long email but with the first day of winter coming this week, I wanted to provide some information on Pennridge School District procedures for making decisions on inclement weather days.
 
How is the decision made?
The directors of Operations and Transportation and I all monitor various weather outlets and receive hourly reports from the National Weather Service.  Multiple employees drive to monitor the situation in various areas of the District and provide information on road conditions, as well as the safety of bus stops and sidewalks.
 
Additionally, I work with the Superintendents of the Palisades and Quakertown school districts.  Our three Districts often make the same decision, since we all send students to the Upper Bucks County Technical School.
 
When is the decision made?
There will be situations when the decision can be made the night before. In those cases, I will inform all families and staff no later than 10 p.m. If you have not heard by that time, you can know that the decision will not be made until the morning.
 
Decisions made in the morning will be communicated to you no later than 5:15 a.m.
 
How will the decision be communicated?
All emergency communications are sent via email, phone call, and text.  In the event of a weather event, the information is also provided to local radio and television stations and is posted on the district website, Facebook and Twitter.
 
If you did not receive notification during the November weather events, please check the Parent Portal to make sure your contact information is correct. If you need additional assistance, please contact your child’s school.
 
Do we have to make up days missed due to weather?
The Pennridge school calendar consists of 181 student days. State law requires only 180, so the first day each year is not made up by the students. That means that the snow day on November 16, 2018 will not be added back into the calendar for students.
 
Any additional day missed will be made up. Our calendar currently has two potential snow make-up days scheduled for February 19 and April 18, 2019.  These days will be used as school days if any weather cancellations occur before those dates. Beyond those two days, any missed days will be added to the end of the school year. Families are discouraged from scheduling any vacation for the week of June 17, 2019, since our current last day of school is Friday, June 14.
 
I know that some of you will not always agree with a weather decision that I make.  Please know I am working from the best information available and will, in all situations, prioritize the safety of our students and staff. 
 
Please feel free to provide any feedback on these protocols to me at dbolton@pennridge.org.
 
My best to your family for a wonderful Holiday Season and break.
 
Sincerely,
 
David A. Bolton, Ed.D.
Superintendent