Inclement Weather Procedures
This year, “snow days” will look different. During the 2020-2021 school year, inclement weather will result in a virtual instruction day, rather than cancellation of school. This means that students will learn at home on that day, and the school day will not be made up later in the year.
When possible, in the event of inclement weather, the decision to implement a virtual instruction day will be made by 10 p.m. the night before to allow time to notify families of this decision.
In the event of rapidly changing weather conditions, you will be notified the evening before that a weather announcement will be made by 5:30 a.m. on the day of the cancellation.
In the event of a virtual instruction day due to inclement weather, the district will use all available media to communicate effectively:
Our SchoolMessenger service will be used to send a recorded telephone message to all employees and the family of each student.
A text message will be sent via Textcaster. You can sign up here.
All subscribers of RP Update, the district's electronic newsletter, will receive an email. Subscribe by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information will be shared on local television stations (4, 5, 9, and 41) and some radio stations.
An update will be available via the district information line at 816-892-3988.
Elementary school activities
In the event of a virtual instruction day due to inclement weather, all elementary after-school and evening events will be cancelled and/or rescheduled.
Middle school activities
In the event of a virtual instruction day due to inclement weather, all middle school events will be cancelled and/or rescheduled. This includes after-school practices and meetings, and evening activities.
High School activities
Watch for separate notifications about high school events or activities. In some cases, those activities may continue as scheduled.
Panther Pride/Shark’s Den
In most cases, Panther Pride and Shark’s Den will be open to provide care to families who are already enrolled in those programs. They will open at 8 a.m. on inclement weather/virtual instruction days.
A grab & go school lunch and breakfast will be available, at limited locations, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Bridle Ridge Elementary, Creekmoor Elementary & Raymore Elementary will be the pick-up site options. Students in all grades can order to pick-up on inclement weather days, if it was their scheduled in-person learning day. Sign up by 8:30 a.m. any day that in-person school is cancelled: Sign up here
If the inclement weather day occurs on a Friday, 3-Day & 5-Day Meal Pack Pick-Up and Delivery will occur as regularly scheduled, unless those participating are directly notified otherwise via e-mail.
If the District implements an unplanned early release, it is important to have arrangements for younger children. If you will not be available, please ensure someone is available to care for your child if early dismissal occurs.
The decision to close school is always a difficult one. Every effort will be made to consider the safety of the students, the safety of the faculty, and the convenience to parents when making such decisions. Your cooperation, understanding, and assistance is appreciated. However, parents and guardians are in the best position to determine the safety for their students based on nearby conditions.
As temperatures drop, it is important for students to dress appropriately, and allowances for potential bus delays should be part of the planning process. Student drivers are encouraged to use parent or school-provided transportation when road conditions are less than ideal. If you have questions regarding school dismissal, call the building your child attends or the District Administrative Services Center at 816-892-1300.