After targeted conversations with members of the Natrona County Emergency Management team, it has been determined NCSD Schools, and District Offices will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 16th, 2021.
The decision to close schools during inclement weather is never taken lightly. This decision is made based on the information from and in direct collaboration with city, county, and state officials who are working diligently to keep our community safe.
Primary factors considered when determining an inclement weather day (Snow day) are adverse weather conditions and the safe transportation of students and staff.
The National Weather Service-Riverton has declared this the 3rd most significant snowstorm in the history of Casper. The City of Casper, Wyoming Department of Transportation, Natrona County Road and Bridge, and many others are working diligently to keep the main roadways clear for emergency services.
The majority of our schools are located in residential areas. These side streets are currently impassible to the majority of our parents/staff/students. The drifts, impassable streets, and other weather conditions present a significant safety concern to the transportation of students and staff. The City of Casper is working as quickly as possible to keep major thoroughfares open, and it is not believed side streets will be cleared by the start of school tomorrow.
At this time, The National Weather Service - Riverton is predicting additional snowfall and wind creating inclement weather conditions tonight (Monday) into tomorrow, Tuesday.
We want to share our sincere appreciation for our NCSD Maintenance and Custodial crews, as well as our NCSD Inclement Weather essential staff members, who have been working throughout the weekend to ensure our buildings are secure, monitoring weather conditions, and doing everything possible to ensure school operations resume as soon as safely possible.
School buildings and district facilities will be closed on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021. Bus routes will not run, and all NCSD activities and facility use partnerships have been canceled.
Please, stay home and stay safe. Oh, and while there may be no school, a snow day is always a good way to spend time reading a great book!
At this time, we plan to hold in-person school operations starting Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, with accommodations made, as needed, to rural routes and special transportation. More information on activities and athletics for Wednesday will be provided at a later date.