Safety is our primary concern. Parents, please use your best judgment. Always err on the side of safety. Remember to notify your school if you cannot attend for any reason. (Click here for Bad Weather procedures for Staff)
All staff will receive a Connect-Ed message for a 2-hour delay between 5:45-6:30 am AND all staff/students/families will receive a Connect-Ed message between 5:45-6:30 am if schools are closed. Info will also be posted on main page of ISS web site and local TV stations and radio stations will be notified by 6:00 am.
IF SCHOOL IS CLOSED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY, an announcement will be made on our web site and through the media.
• Parents of Car Riders must pick up their children immediately. Bus Riders will be brought home early.
• After-school PrimeTime will not be open if school closes early.
IF YOU WAKE UP WITH SNOW OR ICE ON THE GROUND, check our web site or tune in to one of the TV or radio stations listed. A decision on whether to close schools will be made before 6 a.m.
• If it looks as if roads will clear after early morning, an announcement may be made that schools will open two hours late. This also means buses will run two hours later than usual. If some roads remain icy, Limited Bus Routes may be announced. This means that if you live on a back road that is icy, you should plan to meet the school bus at the end of your road or subdivision where there is a main thoroughfare. Or you should plan to come to school by family car. Parents always have the choice of keeping their children at home if they feel their safety is at risk.
• If schools are closed for the day, PrimeTime is closed also. If schools open on a delayed schedule, PrimeTime will operate as usual.
1. How is the decision made to close school?
Student safety is the #1 priority whenever weather conditions affect school operations.
A team of school employees drive roads and bridges throughout Iredell County to determine their safety for our school buses. (Approximately 6 out of 10 students - ride the bus every day.)
Those employees regularly report in to the Chief Operations Officer who is also in contact with NC Department of Transportation, the Highway Patrol and the weather service. A decision is made no later than 6 a.m. that school will close that day. If possible, a decision is made the day before. If secondary and back roads are still icy at sunset and temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing, the decision to delay or close will be announced that night.
In unpredictable weather, the school system will always err on the side of safety.
2. What is my most reliable source for learning about school closings?
While we contact all area TV stations and a large number of radio stations regarding school closings, we have found some media outlets more reliable and accurate than others in broadcasting school closing news.
For the fastest and most accurate information, we encourage you to monitor our Internet Web site: http://www.iss.k12.nc.us
School closings are posted on our web site immediately as the decisions are made. If you are visiting the web site frequently, be sure to hit the “refresh” or “reload” button on your browser to make sure you are viewing the latest page.
3. The streets are fine where I live. Why aren’t we in school today?
Iredell is a large county covering an area of almost 40 miles from Lake Norman to the Brushy Mountains above Harmony. The weather and temperatures can be very different from one end of the county to another. Even so, the Iredell-Statesville Schools functions as a system with many operations interconnected. After carefully studying the issue of closing only parts of the system in unsafe weather, the Board of Education rejected the proposal as not only operationally inefficient, but divisive and counter to system goals of equity.
4. My school is open, but my road is dangerous. What do I do?
Parents always have the option of keeping their children at home if conditions are dangerous where you are. Safety is our top priority. Make-up for absences will be arranged by your teacher and principal.
6. What are our system-wide make-up dates?
State law requires students to attend school for 180 days. Up until about 3 years ago, the state would "forgive" any days over 5 lost to bad weather. This ended with the ABCs Accountability Program. The systemwide school calendar has scheduled possible make-up days for regular days lost to bad weather. Next year's school calendar is online under "Parent and Student Information."
Possible School Make-up Days 2008-09 (for emergency closings) : Jan. 21, Feb. 16, April 15-17 and other days may be necessary if school is closed beyond five days for any reason.
Other make-up days, such as Saturday School, could be announced. In the case of extreme weather problems, it is possible we could lose Spring Break or extend the school year into the summer. These options would be a last resort.