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 automated phone calls and text messages from the district through the SchoolMessenger notification system. Announcements of school closings or delays also will be sent to local news media and posted on the district’s website (www.richlandone.org) and Richland One TV (Spectrum cable channel 1303), as well as Facebook (facebook.com/richlandone), Twitter (twitter.com/richlandone) and the Richland One InfoPhone (231-7512). An alert notification also will be sent through the district's mobile app (download free from the App Store or Google Play). 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 are followed at the district or school level, including notifying parents 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.
Please note that state law requires students to receive 180 days of instruction. Days missed will have to be made up at some other time during the school year, unless they are waived by the Board of School Commissioners or at the state level. Richland One has designated four dates in the 2019-2020 district calendar that would be used as make-up days if necessary: November 25, November 26, March 20 and April 10.
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.