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Inclement Weather FAQ

Inclement Weather and School Closing FAQ for Parents

Who monitors the weather? The superintendent and administrative staff carefully monitor weather and road conditions during seasons of inclement weather.

Where do they get their information? Administrative staff observe weather forecasts for the area. Local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as neighboring school systems, are consulted about weather and road conditions. The director of transportation monitors and tests road conditions of bus routes. Careful consideration is given to the most dangerous routes in the district.

What factors are considered when making the decision to close school? Student safety is the primary concern. Even if some roads seem clear, dangerous conditions may exist in other parts of the county. In determining whether student safety is at risk, the following factors are considered:

  • Information on road conditions from the director of transportation and law enforcement agencies, including whether roads are iced or icing
  • Time snow or ice starts and the amount expected and/or accumulated
  • Weather predictions
  • Building conditions, such as power and heat
  • Parking lot and sidewalk conditions
  • Temperature and wind-chill factor

Who makes the decision? The superintendent is responsible for making the final decision based on the above factors.

When is the decision made? The superintendent attempts to make the decision by 5:30 a.m. so that parents are notified by 6 a.m. 

How is the public notified? The following communication tools are used to notify parents and staff of school closings:

Additionally, the following media outlets will be notified:  

  • The Hartwell Sun 
  • WKLY Radio(104.1FM/980AM)
  • WLHR Radio (92.1FM)
  • WSB TV 2 (ABC)            
  • WYFF TV 4 (NBC)
  • WSPA TV 7 (CBS)
  • WXIA TV 11 (11 Alive)
  • WHNS FOX TV (FOX Carolina 21)