School Closing/Delayed Opening/Early Dismissal Information for Parents
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The following information provides the plans in the event that the Limestone County Schools have to close, dismiss early, or delay opening due to weather or any other unforeseen situation. The Superintendent and District Safety Director make the decision based on information from multiple agencies.  These sources include the National Weather Service Huntsville and Limestone County Emergency Management Agency.  We have three plans in place that we will use in case of a weather event or other emergency situation.


School Closing: If schools must be closed due to weather or any other such circumstance, that decision must be made by 5:30 a.m. at the latest.  In the event of a school closing, we will inform parents and staff through the use of School Messenger (automated voice and email system), our system website (www.lcsk12.org), the system’s Facebook page, the system's Twitter page, and through the local media sources.  When schools are closed, all school’s campuses and the Central Office are closed for everyone.  All after-school activities and events will be canceled.

School Delayed Opening: We will implement either a one, two, or three hour delayed opening plan. In the event of a delayed opening, all students and employees will report either one, two, or three hours after their regular times.  In the event of a school closing, we will inform parents and staff through the use of School Messenger (automated voice and email system), our system website (www.lcsk12.org), the system’s Facebook page, the system's Twitter page, and through the local media sources.


For example, if the system calls for a two-hour delayed opening, an employee who normally reports to work at 7:30 a.m. would report at 9:30 a.m.   A student who reports to the bus stop at 7:05 a.m. would report at 9:05 a.m.

Should a delayed opening take place, schools will not serve breakfast. Schools will resume their normal schedule with lunch being served at regular times. Dismissals will also be during the regular times.  It is important to maintain communications during a delayed opening in the event it must be changed to a school closing.

School Early Dismissal:

In the event of an early dismissal, we will inform parents and staff through the use of School Messenger (automated voice and email system), our system website (www.lcsk12.org), the system’s Facebook page, the system's Twitter page, and through the local media sources.


In the event of an early dismissal, the dismissal order will be as follows:

1. Elementary Schools

2. High Schools

Once the dismissal time is announced, the elementary schools will dismiss 20 minutes earlier than our high schools, all after-school events and activities will be canceled. Employees will dismiss as soon as all campuses are cleared.

In order to ensure that timely communication is effective, we ask parents and employees to do the following:

1. Ensure that the system has current cell phone numbers, home numbers and email addresses. We will use this information to provide the School Messenger calls and text messages.

2. Monitor media sources and the system website during inclement weather.

3. Have a plan to pick up your children from school or the bus stop during an early dismissal.

 

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