How do we make our decision?
- Information on road conditions from district staff and from the Public Safety Department. We must give careful consideration to the most dangerous roads in the district. Even if your street looks clear, travel elsewhere in the district may be dangerous.
- Amount of snow and ice accumulated
- Is precipitation continuing?
- Building conditions (such as whether we have electricity and heat)
- Parking Lot conditions. Administrators talk to maintenance and custodial staff members who are responsible for clearing and treating school parking lots and sidewalks.
- Temperature and wind chill. Please remember that some of our students walk to school and others must wait outside for the bus.
- Weather predictions. We prefer not making our decision based on weather predictions, which are not always accurate and can be inconsistent. However, we consider as many models as possible, and look for consistent information.
- What other districts are doing. We also share information with other local districts and check whether they are opening or closing.
Who makes the decision?
How is the public notified?
When is the decision made?
Will we close school if conditions worsen?
What are the district options for responding to inclement weather?
- Close school
- Delayed Opening
- Early Dismissal
- PM School's Out program cancellation
- After School activities cancelled
Delayed Opening Information
We employ a two hour delayed opening of our schools should the weather forecast indicate improving conditions. As you know, winter can bring severe icing to our roads, but a two hour period of time could mean better road conditions and safe travel for our buses. On extreme days we will be forced to close; however, under any questionable weather conditions you will receive an automated phone message from the Superintendent via School Messenger. Also, you can refer to the following TV stations (Channel: 19, 21, 3, 6 or 10), radio station (KYW-1060) or our district website – http://www.medford.k12.nj.us for an announcement. If we are employing a two hour delayed opening, it will result in the following:
- The 2 hour delay Kirby’s Mill Preschool schedule is as follows:
- AM PRESCHOOL CANCELLED
- PM Preschool – 11:45 AM – 2:25 PM
- All students Grades K - 8 should be at their regular bus stop 2 hours later than usual. For example, if your child is normally picked up at 8:00 a.m., on this delayed opening day they will be picked up at 10:00 a.m.
- Dismissal at all schools will be the same as usual.
- The morning session of the “School’s Out” Program will not be available on a delayed opening school day. Please send students to school at the designated delayed opening time.
- Lunch will be served.
Early Dismissal Information
In light of the challenging weather patterns that we have experienced the past few years and the uncertainty of weather possibly changing by the hour, it is necessary to include early dismissal in our school closing protocols. Traditionally, the Medford Township Public School District has not implemented an early dismissal schedule due to inclement weather. This rationale focuses around the fact that we make every effort not to dismiss students to unsupervised homes.
In the event that we receive a weather forecast that indicates deteriorating weather conditions after twelve noon the following day we may implement the following procedures.
If possible, the afternoon or evening prior to the inclement weather event, you will receive a notice from the Superintendent through School Messenger that we may or will be implementing an early dismissal schedule the following day. This communication will also be available via email, hard copy, LDTV, radio, television and school website.
This early notification will allow parents/guardians an opportunity to make arrangements for supervision the night before in case an early dismissal is required. The early dismissal schedule will be as follows:
|Haines Sixth Grade Center and Memorial||Early Dismissal 11:50 AM|
|Taunton Forge & Cranberry Pines Schools||Early Dismissal 12:25 PM|
|Allen, Chairville & Kirby’s Mill Schools||Early Dismissal 1:00 PM|
|AM Preschool Kirby’s Mill School||Regular Dismissal 11:00 AM|
LUNCHES WILL NOT BE SERVED
It is our intent that this procedure will assist you in being proactive and prevent the district from having to take unnecessary snow days. However, we truly hope we will not have to implement this procedure during the upcoming winter.