School Closing & Emergency Information

School Closing & Emergency Information

In today’s climate, school administrators are under mounting pressure to increase attendance, improve community relations and ensure school safety.

To this end, the Plano School District utilizes the rapid communication service called AlertNow.  AlertNow delivers voice, e-mail and emergency messages at the rate of a thousand calls per minute, to keep parents and guardians informed on emergency and non-emergency messages from school administrators and employees.

In the event of an emergency or school closing, vital information is communicated accurately and immediately, notifying parents, guardians and staff within minutes.

The Plano School District also uses AlertNow for non-emergency calls to remind parents about important upcoming events, report card availability online, cancellation of sporting events, medical information and much more!

Messages are sent in English or Spanish, based upon parents/guardians answers on the PowerSchool portal. Calls and e-mails are sent to the contact numbers/e-mail as they are designated on these online pages.  It is very important that parents take time to have phone numbers and e-mails correct in the online registration pages, so AlertNow calls and e-mails are sent to the correct people.

If there is inclement weather and schools will be closed, households will be notified via the AlertNow system. Decisions as to whether buses will be running and if school will be in session on a given day will be made before 6:00 a.m. when possible.

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Inclement Weather Plan (English & Spanish)

At a recent School Board Meeting, Board members and administrators reviewed the following Inclement Weather Plan for students and staff in the Plano School District that was approved last year.  No changes were made to the previous plan, but the district would like to post the information again as we enter the winter season.

Decisions to close school, start late or call an early dismissal may be made in order to keep everyone safe and assist us in our goal of giving our students the greatest opportunity to learn in a safe and consistent manner.

 

If school is cancelled:

 

Windchill:

Frostbite Alert School Status Parents/ Students
30 minutes A very high probability that school will open Remind parents about proper attire for students (hats & gloves) and monitor time outside
10 minutes A moderate probability that school will be open Monitor time outside
3 minutes A high probability that school will close or start late. Check the district website and/or monitor the school's weather announcements
Emergency Plan: The school buildings will open and staff will be available to supervise at 6:30 AM for grades 7-12 and 7:30 AM for grades PK-6

 

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Snow the Evening Before School Day:

Number of Inches School Status
1-3 inches A very high probability that school will be open
4-6 inches A high probability that school will be open
7+ inches A moderate probability that school will be open
Emergency Plan: The school buildings will open and staff will be available to supervise at 6:30 AM for grades 7-12 and 7:30 AM for grades PK-6

 

Snow the Morning of School Day:

Number of Inches School Status
1-3 inches A high probability that school will be open
4-6 inches A moderate probability that school will be open
7+ inches Very low probability that school will be open

 

Late Start:

Bus routes and school will start two hours later than regular time.

 

Early Dismissal:

Bus routes and school will end two hours earlier than regular time.

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INFORMACION SOBRE LAS INCLEMENCIAS DEL CLIMA

En Resumen:

En seguida se encuentra el Plan sobre las Inclemencias del Clima que adoptamos el año pasado. Este plan ayudo a la administración para tomar las mejores decisiones referente a los días de nevada y otras cancelaciones. Pensamos que podríamos revisarlas una ves mas, colgarlas en la pagina web y en el periódico si no hay cambios,

En caso de Cancelar Clases:

 

Factor del Frio:

Alerta de Congelación

Día Abierto vs. Cierre/Apertura Tarde

Notas especiales para Padres/Estudiantes

30 minutos

La Escuela Abrirá

Recuerde a padres sobre la vestimenta apropiada para estudiantes (gorras & guantes) y monitoree el tiempo afuera.

10 minutos

La escuela podría abrir o cerrar, dependiendo en los factores del clima.

Monitoree el tiempo afuera

3 minutos

La escuela cerrara o retrasara el empiezo

Revise el sitio web y monitoree los teléfonos

Plan de Emergencia: Los edificios escolares abrirán y el estaf estará disponible para supervisar a

6:30 AM para grados 7-12 y 7:30 AM para grados PK-6

 

Nevada en la Tarde antes del Día Escolar:

Numero de Pulgadas

Día Abierto vs Cierre/Apertura Tardía

1-3 pulgadas

La escuela abrirá

4-6 pulgadas

Muy probable que la escuela este abierta

7+ pulgadas

La escuela podría estar abierta, pero mas seguro que abra tarde o cierre, dependiendo de los factores del tiempo

Plan de Emergencia:

Los edificios de la escuela estarán abiertos y estaf estará disponible para supervisar de 6:30 AM a los grados 7-12 y 7:30 AM para grados PK-6

 

Nevada en la Mañana del día Escolar:

Numero de Pulgadas

Escuela Abierta & Cierre/Apertura Tardía

1-3 pulgadas

Escuela Abrirá

4-6 pulgadas

La escuela podría abrir, retrasar el comienzo o cerrar, dependiendo en otros factores del clima

7+ pulgadas

Las escuelas cerraran

 

Entrada Tardía:

Las rutas de autobuses y clases comenzaran dos horas mas tarde que la hora regular.

 

Salida Temprana:

Rutas de autobús y clases terminaran dos horas mas temprano del horario regular.

 

Updated 12/8/16


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