“Snow Days” will be a little different this year. Delays and emergency weather closings during the 2020-21 school year

“Snow days” will be a bit different during the 2020-21 school year. Here’s what to expect:

Snow days

This year, the district will not be using traditional snow days. Rather, these days will become virtual days and instruction will continue as it would in the event of a COVID-19 related closure.

2-hour delays

The district will still utilize the 2-hour delay schedule, after which the school will either open as normal or would go to a virtual instruction day. (If the school closes all students that attend a program outside of the district will NOT be transported that day.)

In the event of a 2-hour delay in which the school eventually opens, students with off-campus placements will follow that 2-hour delay schedule.

If we use the 2-hour delay schedule and eventually open, all student drop-off procedures simply occur two hours after the regularly scheduled time. For example, student drop-off in a 2-hour delay schedule would be from 9:30-10 a.m. and buses would arrive at the school at 10 a.m.

Similarly, if your child takes a bus to school they will be picked up two hours after their regular pickup time. Dismissal procedures remain intact.

Closing early

If school closes early because of unexpected weather during the school day, parents must have a plan to pick up their child! All students that ride the bus are sent home as usual, and parent pickup begins right after the buses depart.

Most early dismissals occur near noon (to give us the ability to feed everyone) but that can change if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Better to plan now than to get caught without a plan!

Why virtual days instead of snow days?

Great question! Here are some of the reason why:

  1. There is less interruption in the instruction for all students.
  2. It give us tremendous flexibility with regards to how unused days can be returned to students and families during the year.
  3. It allows us to have days available should something unexpected occur (and if this year has shown us nothing else, it has shown us that the unexpected can always be expected.)

The school calendar is being reviewed to see how we can add these days back into the schedule, possibly by extending previously scheduled breaks or adding new ones. We will keep the community updated as decisions are made.

As always, I thank you for your understanding! Most of all, I thank you for your continued support of the Tri-Valley School District.

Be well,
Mike Williams
Superintendent of Schools