3200 - Emergency Closings

Policy 3200 Energency Closings title box

For the safety of our students, it is the policy of the Boards of Directors of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District that the superintendent or designee may order the closing of any or all schools whose operation on a short-term basis would pose a serious threat to students or staff. Such emergencies may include but are not limited to inclement weather conditions, equipment breakdown, threats, or health problems. The superintendent or designee will also have the authority to delay school opening or dismiss early due to inclement weather or other emergencies. In all cases, notification will be given staff and the public according to a predetermined plan developed by the superintendent. The board chair will be notified as soon as practicable by the superintendent or designee when school is closed for non weather related emergencies. The school calendar or length of day may be affected.

Policy 3200 warning and adoption dates

Administrative Regulations
1. School Closings
For the safety of our students, school will be closed when weather reaches a point where the roads are hazardous. The decision to close the schools will be made by school administration after they have consulted with the local highway department and weather emergency staff members.

School closing due to snow days may effect our school calendar.

If the schools are to be closed, the radio and television stations will be notified by 6:15 AM.

WRGB-Channel 6
WTEN–Channel 10
WNYT-Channel 13
WNAW 1230 AM
WBTN 1370 AM
WGY 810 AM
WMNB 100.1 FM
WZEC-FM 97.5 FM
WKLI 94.5 FM
VERMONT ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS

2. Delayed Openings
When road conditions in the early morning hours are hazardous but are expected to improve rapidly, a delayed opening of schools may be utilized. School dismissals shall remain unchanged. This delayed opening may also be used for non-weather type emergencies. Notice of the delayed opening will be made as early as possible and broadcast on the radio and TV stations.

3. Early Dismissals
If, after school opens, it appears that the roads will become hazardous later in the day or an emergency situation arises, an early dismissal will be scheduled and after-school activities may be canceled. Based on the day’s weather reports and weather conditions, parents/guardians should anticipate an early dismissal and listen to one of the radio stations for specific details.

Parents/guardians should arrange to be home, or to have a safe place to which children can go until parents or guardians can return home.

4. Designated Transportation Routes and Emergency Pick Up Points
A. Should we have hazardous road conditions, Designated Transportation Routes and Emergency Pick Up Points may be used. Parents will be notified of these routes at the beginning of the school year, when bus routes are made public in the Bennington Banner.

1. Dufour Bus Routes for High School and Middle School will use the following Designated Transportation Routes and Emergency Pick Up Points:
Hidden Valley Rd / Barber Pond Rd
Niles School Rd / Barber Pond Rd
The buses can meet the students at either intersection and not travel the dirt roads.