When severe weather affects school opening, the decision to open or close
schools has a big impact on families. The following explains how school closing
decisions are made and the methods we use to communicate in those situations.
How do we make school
The decision to open or
close schools in bad weather is based on a careful analysis of all relevant
Road conditions throughout
our large district.
accumulated snow and ice and whether precipitation is expected to continue.
conditions (e.g., do we have electricity and heat?).
and sidewalk conditions.
and wind chill.
decisions by other districts in the area.
gathered from the township's Department of Public Works, Office of Emergency Management, Camden County, and weather services.
Who makes the decision?
Dr. Maureen Reusche, Superintendent of Schools, makes the final decision,
based on the above factors and recommendations from our facilities and transportation
When is the decision
The decision is made by 5:30 am or earlier so we can alert our staff and
parents, post the information on the website and CHPS TV, and advise radio
and TV stations.
How is the public notified?
We use multiple means
to alert parents to weather-related school closings and delayed openings.
The school district website (www.chclc.org) is the best source for information
on school closings and delayed openings; once a decision is made, the information
is posted almost immediately on the web site.
We post school closing information on CHPS TV, KYW News Radio (radio code
number 551), and local television stations.
We use our District Notification System to alert parents to weather-related
school closings and delayed openings. We will direct these calls to the primary
emergency contact number only. WE WILL NOT ACTIVATE THE SYSTEM TO
CALL PARENTS AFTER 10:30 PM OR BEFORE 5:45 AM. If a decision is made
in between those times, it will be posted on the district website.
By using a variety of tools, we can be reasonably certain that every family
will have access to school closing/delayed opening information.
What are the procedures during a delayed opening?
In the event of a delayed opening, the school schedule
is delayed two hours:
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
will run from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
kindergarten will run as scheduled, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
for Barclay programs is as follows:
P.M. Half-day Preschool 1:00pm-3:30pm
Preschool – 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Skills Kindergarten – 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
opens on a two-hour delay -- at 9:00 a.m. All SACC sites will be open
from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
will begin two hours later than normal with the exception of afternoon kindergarten
will be available as scheduled.
What are the procedures
for early dismissals?
Whenever possible, we
will try to avoid the unscheduled early dismissal of elementary students.
We may dismiss high school and middle school students earlier to ensure that
our buses can complete their secondary runs in time to pick up elementary
students at 3:30 pm.
If a winter storm arrives earlier than expected, or intensifies more quickly than anticipated, it may be necessary to dismiss elementary students early. On those rare occasions, elementary principals will activate a process for notifying parents, including use of our district notification system.
We believe that our students are best served – both academically and
socially – by being in school. As always, our top priority is the safety
of our students.
Please remember that the decision to change school schedules due to inclement
weather is based on the best information available when the decision is made;
however, we can never be sure how the weather will affect our area. Even meteorologists
disagree on weather predictions. The final decision about whether it is safe
for a child to attend school rests with each parent.
We appreciate your patience and understanding in these matters. If you have
any questions, feel free to call the Public Information Office at 429-5600,