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Inclement Weather Procedures

In case Ozark School District needs to cancel school, use late start procedures or early release procedures due to inclement weather, we want you to be informed of the process. Student and faculty safety is the primary concern in making the call for cancellation versus late start or early release.

A late start will only be used when roads will be safe to travel within the two-hour period. 

There are many factors involved in making weather decisions such as amount of precipitation, type of precipitation, current road conditions, air temperature, and possible further accumulations. 

  • Typically there is a National Weather Service conference call at 4:00 a.m. Our administrators take part in that call, then the road team begins driving roads soon after.

School Cancellation

  • The community will be notified via automated phone calls, text messages, app notifications, District social media, website and television.
  • If the decision is made before 6:00 a.m., automated calls, texts and app notifications will be sent at 6:00 a.m. District social media and television announcements will be sent as soon as the decision is made. 
  • Athletics and activities will be assessed based on the situation. If an event is canceled, participants will be notified by their coach/sponsor and information will be posted on the individual school social media. 

Alternative Methods of Instruction

When the entire school district is closed due to inclement weather or COVID-19, we will implement AMI (virtual learning) for students after the fourth day of closure. These days are not consecutive. AMI will be used for students attending Ozark School District in-person and is completely separate from the online/hybrid options through MOCAP.

Here is an FAQ that explains AMI.

Early Release

In circumstances where we must release early, Our goal is to provide two hours advance notification to allow parents time to make the necessary arrangements.

  • The community will be notified via automated phone calls, text messages, app notifications, District social media, website and television. 
  • Transportation - Buses will run in the same order as normal dismissal.
  • Tiger Care After Hours - Operates until normal time - 6:00 p.m. 
  • Athletics and Activities - events will be assessed based on the situation. If an event is canceled, participants will be notified by their coach/sponsor and information will be posted on the individual school social media. 

Late Start Procedures

Late Start - 2 hour late start Parent Procedures

  1. Transportation - Buses will run two hours late
  2. Tiger Care before hours - Operates on normal time
    1. Only students enrolled in these programs will be allowed to come in before the normally scheduled drop off time
  3. Tiger Paw - AM Early Childhood Special Education classes will be cancelled
    1. PM Early Childhood classes will be in session
    2. ADA Pre-school will be in session, but will begin two hours late
    3. Childcare program will be in session during its normal hours
  4. Parents bringing children - Allowed to drop them off at the normal starting time for each individual building
  5. Food Service - Grab-and-go breakfast
  6. Attendance - Taken after the buses arrive, two hours after the normal start of the school day 

Late Start - 2 hour late start Staff Procedures

  1. Transportation - Drivers will arrive an hour late from normal report time
    1. Drivers will clear and prepare buses as needed
    2. All routes will run two hours late
    3. Buses will arrive to buildings approximately two hours late
  2. Food service - One hour delay for those arriving before 7 a.m.
    1. Grab-and-go breakfast
  3. All custodians and maintenance - Arrive early to clear sidewalks and parking lot
  4. Teachers, secretaries, paras, substitutes - Arrive at their regular start time
  5. Tiger Care before hours - Operates on normal time
    1. Only students enrolled in these programs will be allowed to come in before the normally scheduled drop off time
  6. Tiger Paw - Staff report at normal time
  7. Parents bringing children - Allowed to drop them off at the normal starting time for each individual building
  8. Attendance - Taken after the buses arrive, two hours after the normal start of the school day