NCSD Inclement Weather Protocol Reminder 2021-2022

Natrona County School District recognizes that school is an important part of community and family life. As a result, schools will be closed for inclement weather or natural disasters only when the community itself is unable to operate safely. The primary factors considered are adverse weather conditions and the safe transportation of students and staff. 

Communications are sent out via text and a phone call by approximately 5:30 a.m. from NCSD Public Relations. News agencies will be contacted to send a message to the community. Updates will also be posted on NCSD social media sites and our website.

The primary responsibility in protecting a child's health and school attendance always resides with the parent or guardian.

New this year, the NCSD may implement Classroom-Based Virtual Education (Temporary Virtual Learning Day) as applicable. This day will be a full temporary virtual learning day and will count as a school day. (It will not need to be made up at the end of the school year.)

The NCSD Inclement Weather team continually monitors forecasted weather conditions that may impact school operations. If a predicted forecast calls for inclement weather potentially impacting school operations, the NCSD will communicate with all schools ahead of time to arrange for technology services to be sent home in preparation for a potential Classroom-Based Virtual Education day. NCSD will communicate with parents/guardians via Infinite Campus notifications if an inclement weather day will be a Classroom-Based Virtual Education day. There may be unpredicted inclement weather days that unexpectedly occur throughout the school year which do not provide enough advance notice for technology services to be secured in advance. If this occurs, the inclement weather day would be a true "snow day" and would be made up at the end of the academic year. 

The primary factor in the consideration of an inclement weather day will continue to be the safe transportation of students and staff to and from school/work. The criteria for the evaluation of an inclement weather day will remain the same and the NCSD is committed to continuing school operations as long as the transportation conditions permit. 

There are several closure options available to the District:

1. Full Closure - All schools, departments, and programs will not open for the full school day. This decision is made when current and future weather conditions are extremely hazardous and are not expected to improve throughout the day. No buses will operate. No students report to school and all after-school activities are canceled. Only designated employees report to work.

2. Late Start - All schools will open at a designated time. This decision is made when weather conditions are expected to improve greatly after the original start of school. Bus route time will be altered. Employees report to work at normal time, or when conditions permit, but prior to the designated start time.

3. Early Dismissal - All schools will release students early at a designated time. This decision is made when inclement weather or other conditions are expected to deteriorate before the end of school and it is necessary for the safe transportation of students. Bus route times will be altered. All after-school activities are canceled. Employees will be allowed to leave as directed by their administrator.

4. Full or partial of options (1, 2, or 3) - Many of our schools are not located in the Casper area. Hazardous conditions may exist at some schools, and not others. NCSD may exercise one of the above options for a particular school, while others continue their normal operation.

5. Classroom-Based Virtual Learning Day. (Temporary Virtual Learning Day) - Students will receive instruction outside the physical classroom through virtual delivery.