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Inclement Weather Procedures

 
In case Ozark School District needs to use the late start procedures this year, we have outlined the process below. Please understand this procedure will only be used when roads will be safe to travel within the two-hour period. If, for example, there is 10 inches of snow or ½ inch of ice on the roads, the District will cancel as normal. These numbers are not benchmarks, only examples. There are many factors to include and consider. Some of the factors are amount of precipitation, type of precipitation, current road conditions, air temperature, and possible further accumulations. Student and faculty safety is the primary concern in making the call for cancellation versus late start.
 
  1. Typically there is a National Weather Service conference call at 4:15 a.m. Our administrators take part in that call, then the road team begins driving roads soon after
  2. We will notify faculty, staff and students as soon as possible
    1. Employees will receive an automated call as soon as possible
    2. If the decision is made before 6 a.m., we will call parents and students starting at 6 a.m.
    3. All information on cancellations and late starts will be posted on the District’s web page, Facebook, and Twitter accounts as soon as possible
    4. The local media will be informed as soon as possible

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 - will be allowed to drop them off at the normal starting time for each individual building
  5. Food Service grab-and-go breakfast
  6. Attendance - will be 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 - 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 - will be allowed to drop them off at the normal starting time for each individual building
  8. Attendance - will be taken after the buses arrive, two hours after the normal start of the school day. 

Early Release

In circumstances where we must release early, we will run bus routes in the same order as normal dismissal. We will notify the public via Facebook, Twitter, website, the Ozark Schools App and parents will receive a phone call and text message. Our goal is to provide two hours advance notification to allow parents time to make the necessary arrangements.