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Inclement Weather Procedures for Richland One

There may be times during the school year when inclement weather will prompt a late start, early dismissal or cancellation of school. Richland One has procedures in place to make decisions about whether school and work schedules will be modified and to notify students, parents, district employees and community members as quickly as possible.


> Parents will receive an automated phone message from the district through the SchoolMessenger notification system. Parents who have signed up to receive text messages from the district also will receive a text.


Announcements of school closings or delays also will be sent to local news media and posted on the district’s website (; Facebook (; Twitter (; Richland One TV (Time Warner Cable channel 12); and the Richland One InfoPhone (231-7512).


Parents are urged not to call the schools because doing so could hinder district emergency communications.


> Other school emergencies, such as power and heating/air-conditioning outages, also may result in delayed school starts, early dismissals or cancellations. Similar notification procedures would be followed at the district or school level, including whether after-school programs, child-care programs and athletics activities will proceed as scheduled.


> Under a two-hour delay, buses will pick up students two hours later than normal and school will start two hours later than normal; any exceptions and any other pertinent information will be announced.


The decision whether to cancel school, start late or dismiss early during inclement weather conditions is seldom an easy one, but the safety of our students and employees will continue to be our most important consideration. Parents are urged to make arrangements in advance and establish an emergency plan for their children in the event that schools are closed, start late or are dismissed early.