Valley City Public Schools
2020-2021 Winter Weather Plan VALLEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The winter weather plan will provide information for students, staff, parents/guardians in preparation for school cancellations and/or
delays during the 2020-2021 school year. This information is intended to serve as a resource for our school community and will be
available on our school website at www.hiliners.org.
How do we make decisions to cancel or delay school?
Valley City Public Schools will make weather-related decisions based upon the following factors:
* Temperatures/Wind-Chill (current and/or expected)
* Snow Totals (current and/or expected)
* Forecasted Duration of the Inclement Weather
* Visibility Conditions (current and/or expected)
* Road Conditions (current and/or expected)
* Alerts from the National Weather Service
In addition to these factors, Valley City Public Schools may also be advised on winter weather conditions from any of the following
organizations: City of Valley City, Barnes County Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrol, North Dakota Department of Transportation,
and the National Weather Service.
When and how will you be notified of a delay or cancellation?
We will decide no later than 6:30 AM if school will be cancelled or delayed for that school day. In situations when school is dismissed
early due to weather, an announcement will be made at least one hour prior to dismissal.
Information regarding school cancellations or delays will be sent to staff and parents/guardians using the Phone Alert System. In
addition, announcements will also be made using the following systems:
* Staff and Parent Email Listservs
* Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
* Radio @ KOVC 1490 AM or 96.3 FM
* Television @ WDAY, KVRR, and KVLY
How will we know when school begins if school is delayed?
It may be necessary to delay the start of school due to winter weather. If this decision is made, a modified scheduled will be followed
for the school day:
1) One Hour Delay- School starts at 9:30 AM for Grades 7-12, 9:40 AM for Grades K-6. Bus pick up time for bus students
will be 1 hour later than their normal pick up time (ex. 7:30 AM Normal – 8:30 AM One-hour Delay)
2) Two Hours Delay- School starts at 10:30 AM for Grades 7-12, 10:40 AM for Grades K-6. Bus pick up time for bus students
will be 2 hours later than their normal pick up time (ex. 7:30 AM Normal – 9:30 AM Two-hour Delay)
The district will NOT serve breakfast on late start to school days. The Junior/Senior High modified class schedule will be communicated
via email with students, staff, and parents/guardians.
When will we know if Activities have been cancelled or rescheduled?
All decisions related to the cancellation or postponement of school activities due to the weather will be made as soon as possible and
communicated to students, coaches, and parents/guardians. If school is cancelled or dismissed early due to the weather conditions, there
will be no after school activities (including practices). If school is delayed due to weather conditions, there will be no early morning
school activities (including practices).
Please read this important information regarding our winter weather plan
* Parents have the right to keep children at home if they feel the weather conditions are not safe for travel. There will be no
penalty to grades or attendance if that decision is made. Parents may also pick up students early from school as necessary
following the same expectations.
* If necessary, the use of storm homes may be used for students that are unable to make it home due to the weather conditions.
If you would like your child to have a storm home designated in our student information system, please contact the
administrative assistant at your student’s school.
* Parent permission is required in order for high school students to be released from school early so they can drive home. Parents
must call the high school office and the students must sign out of the office before they leave for the day.
Please contact the district office at 701.845.0483 and/or school superintendent Josh Johnson at email@example.com if you have
any questions regarding the winter weather plan. Our priority in making weather-related school decisions will always be the safety of
our students and staff at Valley City Public Schools.