School Closure, Delayed Start, or Early Release
As we approach winter and the stormy conditions that come with it, Salt Lake City School District schools will be open on all regularly scheduled school days unless circumstances create health or safety issues. We fully expect our schools to be open and functioning normally throughout the winter, but weather conditions can vary greatly in different areas of the city.
During adverse conditions, we encourage parents to make attendance decisions for their children based on their specific ability to get to school safely. We trust parents to make the ultimate call when it comes to their child's safety. Not all streets are plowed at the same time, and snow totals may differ throughout the city. If you do not think it is safe to send or take your kids to school during a weather incident, you have the option to keep them home.
Additionally, if your contact information has recently changed, please contact your school with current information. This will enable the school and/or the district to notify you in the event of a late start, closure, or early release.
Why keep schools open?
Like any public service, people count on our schools to remain open. Our role in the community goes beyond providing educational services:
- Many Salt Lake City School District students rely on their neighborhood schools for breakfast and lunch. These meals are not simply convenient; they provide nutritional needs for children who may otherwise go without.
- A significant number of students in the district would remain home alone without supervision if their school had an unscheduled closure. Many families don't have the luxury of adjusting work schedules on short notice.
- A functioning school building provides warmth and safety in addition to classroom instruction.
What happens if schools close?
Again, we fully expect our schools to be open, but we will notify parents if that changes. If you hear nothing, you can safely assume your school is open. If severe weather conditions or other events force a school closure, delayed start, or early release, the following procedures will be implemented.
Sometimes the timing of storms and when the snow will start to accumulate can be difficult to predict, but we will notify parents as soon as possible via the local news media, the district website, SLCSD social media sites (Facebook and Twitter), and possibly email, text, or phone in the event of a delayed start, early release, or closure. If you hear nothing, you can assume your school is open. Parents and employees should listen to local news media outlets for information. Authorization will come from the superintendent or his/her designee.
All school closures, delayed starts, or early releases are for one day only.
- Normal Operation:
No announcement means schools are open and regular schedules will be followed.
- Emergency Plan:
Parents are encouraged to create an emergency plan for their students. Parents should plan with their students where to go or what to do if a parent is not home and schools are closed, delayed, or dismissed early. In the event of an early release, elementary and middle school students will be held at school until parents or guardians are notified and arrangements are made to keep the students safe.