When does District 49 make the final call for a closure or delay?
We begin to announce and broadcast our decision at approximately 4:45 a.m.
Often we make the final weather call early in the morning the day of a delay or closure. But when the forecast is severe enough, we may issue a decision the night before. When conditions are uncertain and further observations are necessary, ground crews start evaluating road conditions at midnight, and then the transportation team begins a comprehensive review at about 2 a.m. The determination to close the district is always made by 5 a.m., and often by 4:30 a.m. We make our decision as early as possible in recognition that parents, students, and staff need time to adjust to the schedule change. In addition, the transportation department must cancel or delay bus routes, which typically begin picking up students at around 5:45 a.m. When we delay and continue monitoring it is to review plowing progress and road conditions between 5-6AM and make a close or proceed decision by 6AM. We do not send additional messaging if we proceed on the delay schedule. If we do decide to close, we will announce that decision via all our standard channels (the D49 App, the D49 website, FB, Twitter and local media) no later than 6:30 AM. So, if you don't see a closure by 6:30 AM, we are operating on a delay schedule. And since mountain regions often produce unstable weather, conditions may rapidly deteriorate or improve after the district makes its final call.
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