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Inclement weather, school closure notifications

In the event of school being dismissed or canceled because of inclement weather, the district will send out an e-mail, phone notification, and -- for those who have opted to receive them -- a text message to the primary contact associated with both Family 1 and Family 2, if applicable, for each student. Those phone notifications will go out as early as 5:30 a.m. on the day of the closure. If a decision is made the night before to call off school, calls and texts will go out no later than 10:30 p.m.

It is wise to verify that we have your correct contact information on file. To do so, please log on to Skyward Family Access and click on "Student Info." If you are unsure how to log on to Skyward Family Access, please contact your child's school for assistance.

District officials will update the district's Web site (www.usd266.com), official Twitter account (@maize266), and official Facebook page as soon as the decision is made to call off school. We also will contact local media outlets about any closures. When in doubt, we encourage parents to verify school closings by consulting multiple official sources.

Similarly, in the event of an emergency in your child's school, the district will use the Blackboard Connect parent notification system to notify you of the situation and alert you to steps you need to take in order to reunite with your child. Communications would go to all contacts listed in Skyward Family Access "Family 1" and the main contact in "Family 2."

When deciding whether to close school buildings, district leaders consider many factors, including the safety of students, employees, and families; road and weather conditions; the weather forecast; and the ability for the district and municipalities to sufficiently treat and maintain roads. The timing of when decisions must be finalized may conflict with the timing of potentially poor weather conditions. Once school buses begin to pick up students in the morning, the decision cannot be changed in order to ensure students are not caught between their morning routines at home and their arrival to school. The district, for example, does not want to announce a school closure at a time when children may be waiting for school buses, walking to school, or home alone after parents have left for work, assuming school was on as scheduled.

Regardless of the district’s decision, parents who believe conditions are unsafe for their child(ren) may always choose to keep their child(ren) home from school. The district asks that parents please communicate their child(ren)’s absence directly with the child(ren)’s school.