728 - Transportation in Inclement Weather

District buses will not operate when weather conditions due to fog, rain, snow, ice or other natural elements make it unsafe to do so.  Because weather conditions may vary throughout the District and may change quickly, the best judgment possible will be used with the information available.

The final judgment as to when conditions are unsafe to operate will be made by the Superintendent.  The Superintendent will be assisted by the actual on location decisions and reports of the drivers.

Several drivers each year will be specially designated to report weather and road conditions by bus radio when requested to do so.  Other employees and students will be notified by commercial radio, local television stations, and District alerts when school is cancelled or temporarily delayed.  When school is cancelled because of weather anywhere in the school district, all schools will be closed.

When weather conditions deteriorate during the day after school has begun, cancellation notices will be announced by commercial radio, local television stations, and District alerts.  Students will be returned to their regular drop-off sites unless weather conditions prevent it.  In that case, students will be kept at or returned to school until they are picked up by the parents.

When, in the judgment of the driver, weather conditions are so poor as to present a hazard when loading or unloading students, the driver will radio the Superintendent for instructions.  If radio contact is not possible, the driver will proceed to the next stop which does not present a hazard and make telephone contact personally.



REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019