Good afternoon CLPS families,
Recognizing that our decision to close schools in inclement weather has a large effect on CLPS families, we thought it would be helpful to share the factors that go into a weather-related school closing. Our goal is to always have school, whenever possible, knowing that students are best served by being in class. However, when Mother Nature throws a curve ball, we must keep staff and student safety our top priority when making this decision.
HOW DO WE MAKE OUR DECISION?
Several factors go into making a "snow day" call, including:
WHO MAKES THE DECISION?
The superintendent makes the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from our Transportation and Maintenance Departments.
HOW ARE PARENTS NOTIFIED?
We spread the word in several ways, as soon as the determination is made by the superintendent:
To ensure parents receive phone and email notification, parents should contact their child's school to update contact information, if needed, in the event they have not been receiving calls and/or e-mails. Remember only the one primary designed number or e-mail will receive the automated calls and e-mail per student, so it is important to make sure the correct information has been provided to your school. We can only contact the number and e-mail we have been given as primary. For fastest notification we recommend tuning to local TV on days with inclement weather and keeping an e-mail address on file with your child's school in order to receive the school closing information in a timely manner.
WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?
Sometimes (in an ideal world), closures are determined the evening prior, while most times they're determined during the early morning hours. The calls and emails go out as soon as possible, to give families proper planning time. We do not place phone calls earlier than 5 a.m. Unfortunately, it can take up to 60 minutes for an automated call to completely send to the 3000+ students and staff of the CLPS district, so every effort is made to initiate the notification as soon as the determination of closure is made. Once again, for fastest notification we recommend tuning to local TV on days with inclement weather and keeping an e-mail address on file with your child's school in order to receive the school closing information in a timely manner.
ARE THERE SNOW DAYS BUILT INTO THE CALENDAR?
The district does not build snow days into the calendar, but the State of Michigan allows up to six days for emergency closings. We are monitoring the Legislature, to see if any allowances will be made for this record-setting winter.
As a reminder, although the district does its best in this process, we know that often no perfect decision exists. If you feel as though it is not safe for your child to attend school, please know that you always have the option of keeping your child at home.
We hope you find this information helpful. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this particularly harsh winter season.
Take care, and stay safe!
-Center Line Public Schools