School Closing Information

  • What are the factors considered when school is cancelled? First and foremost, the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families are paramount in any decision to close schools. When a “snow day” or “inclement weather day” is called, it is done as early as possible (before 5:30 a.m. and often earlier) after much deliberation among District officials who monitor road and building conditions throughout the night; in consultation with area school superintendents; and with expert advice from a national meteorologist.

    The weather conditions and issues taken into consideration in closing schools due to inclement weather include:

    • The amount of snowfall and its impact on road (including side roads and dirt roads) and parking lot conditions and the ability to safely transport students to school.

    • The timing of a storm and the ability of local road crews and District personnel to clear roads and parking lots in time for the safe transport of students to school.

    • Dangerous temperatures or wind chills that carry a high risk for frostbite in a short period of time (30 minutes or less). To close school based on cold alone (rather than in conjunction with concerns about road conditions, bus issues or other safety considerations), the actual temperature combined with wind chill considerations would be greater (colder) than -20 to -25 degrees below zero. This figure is based on the range of temperature / wind chill that carries a higher risk of frostbite at the thirty minute threshold (for exposed skin.)

    • Building problems caused by weather conditions such as loss of heat, power or water service.

    Ways that school closings are communicated:

    • Blackboard Mass Messenger (phone, text, email)

    • District or School Listserv

    • The District’s Facebook Page and Twitter Account

    • The District’s Website

    • The District’s cable channel – TV-10

    • Local media outlets (WJBK-TV (FOX 2), WDIV-TV (Local 4), WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), WWJ-TV (CBS Detroit), WKBD-TV (CW50), WWJ News radio 950 and News/Talk WJR-AM 760.) • School Phone Lines – 248. 489. 3337 and 248. 489. 3349