Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2015-2016 Inclement Weather Update

As the 2015-2016 winter season has arrived, the School District of Janesville would like to remind families of the procedures for weather related school closings. You may have seen the recent report by the Madison Area Schools of a change in their policy related to low temperatures and wind chill conditions. Our policy considers not only a specific temperature, but additional factors, as well, when making a decision to delay or to close school.

The School District of Janesville Policy (5462.1) defines inclement weather as:
  1. Snow accumulations of 5 inches or more immediately prior to the beginning of a school day.
  2. Snow accumulations of 2 inches with a forecast of 4 inches or more during the balance of the day.
  3. Drifting snow to depths that prevent safe travel of school buses, city buses and private transportation.
  4. Severe ice conditions that create a hazard to safe travel.
  5. Severe low temperature or wind chill conditions. 
  6. Declaration of a weather safety emergency by state or local government.

If one of more of conditions listed are present (or considered highly likely) by meteorologist consults, closings or delays will be evaluated in cooperation with the Van Galder Bus Company, the Janesville Transit System, school district maintenance and transportation managers and other district administrators.  The final decision to delay or close rests with me, the Superintendent.

Ultimately, parents always have the option of keeping their child home due to inclement weather. Your student will receive a Principal excused absence. Parents or guardians must call the school your student attends to report the decision to keep them home.

If a determination to close or delay is made, notifications will be sent to the following sources either the night before a closing may occur, or no later than 6:00 a.m. if predictions change:

  1. Media outlets including WCLO and other radio and TV Stations;
  2. The District Facebook Page and main page of the District Website; and
  3. Parents/guardians will be notified via our Campus Messenger system by the method you have selected on your student’s Infinite Campus account (found under Contact Preferences).

Other items to note regarding closings and delays:

  • If there is no school for the School District of Janesville, all Preschool 4 Janesville (P4J) classrooms that are located within the School District of Janesville Elementary School locations will not have school.  If there is a school delay, all Early Childhood Special Education and all P4J sites in school district buildings will NOT have morning session, but afternoon sessions will have class as normal. For all other P4J sites NOT located within SDJ buildings, please contact that site directly regarding closings and delays.
  • If there is a one hour delay:  Elementary School classes will begin at 9:20 a.m. and middle and high school classes will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Special education students will also report at 9:20 a.m.  
  • If there is a two hour delay: Elementary School classes will begin at 10:20 a.m. and middle and high school classes will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Special education students will also report at 10:20 a.m.  
  • The School District of Janesville does not close early to avoid incoming snow or ice storms.  This policy is to protect children who may get home before their parents and have no access or supervision.  On days when school is in session, but weather has progressively gotten worse, cancellations for after school or evening athletics and/or extracurricular activities will be announced by 2:00 p.m.
  • There will be no athletic contests and practices on days school is canceled due to weather related reasons.  
The district asks that families listen to WCLO AM 1230 radio station (or visit WCLO.comfirst for delay or closing reports or check the School District Facebook page.  In order to keep district lines open for general operations we suggest parents not call the district for closing information.  

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