Weather related closings, cancellations, delays, and early outs.
You get an alert across your phone, “School is dismissing early today due to extreme heat”, “School is running on a two hour late start due to inclement weather”, or “No school today”. Immediately you start searching for child care and making arrangements for this shift in your day, and sure enough you can’t help but wonder, “why”, “how”, or “who” gets to decide on this shift in your day!
There are a lot of things that come into play when we make the decision to call these changes in circumstance, and while we are strongly opposed to causing a hiccup in the day of hundreds of hard working parents, our number one priority is to keep our students safe.
When it comes to making a decision to let school out early due to rising temperatures, a lot of external factors come into play. Outside air temperature and humidity can cause our un-air-conditioned classrooms to rise to a real feel temperature of 90+ degrees, which is why dismiss our schools early. We remain unable to confirm a concrete outdoor temperature because several variables cause the real feel to be the way that it is.
All of our schools are on the same bussing schedule, including HTC, therefore, if one school needs to be let out early all schools in the district are dismissed early and on the same schedule.
When it comes to making a decision to begin school on a late start, it is dependant upon a few different things such as – snow, sleet, icy roads, and the amount of time that it takes the city and county to bring these roads to a condition that is safe for travel.
There are several variables that come into play when making decisions to keep our students safe. We utilize multiple resources to make an ethical call that is safe for everyone; such as weather radars, storm advisories, AccuWeather, The Weather Channel, and more. Along with the help of surrounding transportation departments and superintendents from neighboring school districts, but we remember that each school district is making the best decision based on their school’s needs, just as FMCSD acts on the safety of our students, staff, and faculty.
Alerts are sent out via powerschool, please make sure that your current contact information is correct in powerschool so you get the messages in a prompt and timely manner. To verify your information please sign into the parent portal.