Weather Related Delays and Closings FAQ
- How are parents and residents alerted to a delay or closing?
- How is a delay or closing determined?
- What factors are included in the decision?
- What is the timeline for a delay of school closing?
- What time does school start and when does the bus arrive when we are delayed?
- Does the School District delay or close for cold weather?
- Other local districts are delayed or closed, why are we open?
- If school is closed are after school activities cancelled?
- Is breakfast served when school is delayed?
- What should I do if I know a student does not have adequate outerwear for the winter weather?
- If Pennsylvania declares a state of emergency do we have to make up the school day?
- What if the bus doesn’t come down my road because it’s considered to be unsafe or impassable?
- Should inclement weather strike during the school day, what are the procedures for early dismissals during the school day?
- Should we need to dismiss early, parents will be notified via our four communication avenues.
1. PENNCREST School District Website
2. CONNECT (emergency notification system)
Text, email and voice - opt-in service
3. School Social Media accounts
(District-wide only, not used when only 1 attendance area is closed or delayed)
-Your Erie (Fox 66, JetTV 24)
-Erie News Now (WICU 12)
5. Radio - Forever Media
Weather and road conditions are checked during the night before a potential weather event. A variety of resources are used to gather information before making a decision. Local news stations, weather alerts from NOAA and the National Weather Service are monitored for rapidly changing weather patterns and storm predictions. Our Transportation contractor and Facilities Departments work closely with the local road crews, PennDOT, and county public works and Police to determine road safety. Road safety includes snow and ice accumulation, washed out roads, fallen trees, down power lines, traffic accidents, and the like. Communications occur throughout the night and are in full operation by 5:00am.
There is no set temperature that would cause a district to close. Several districts in our area consider cold weather delays when wind chill approaches -20 degrees. Delaying school due to cold weather is only logical if the temperature is expected to increase significantly by the time students are waiting at the bus stop.
Under PA School Code Section 2523, all students must attend 180 school days and receive no less than 990 hours per year in the secondary and 900 hours per year in the elementary levels.
PENNCREST builds in five (5) make-up days each year.
If a school or school district is unable to make-up a school closure, they must request an exception to the 180-day attendance requirement and justify the reason. The reason must include why the day cannot be added to the end of the school year in June.