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631 East McMurray Road
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Phone: 724-941-6251
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Closures and Delays

Winter Weather: School Closures and Delays

Closures and Delays
With the arrival of winter weather, we wanted to remind parents of the procedures and schedules the District will follow in the event of a closing or delay of school. Please read the procedures carefully as the availability of Remote Instruction has expanded the instructional opportunities available to our students on inclement weather days.

Please refer to the guidelines below for more details for both in-person and remote students.

The District makes decisions regarding closures and delays with the input of the Public Works Department, Peters Township Police and the District's Transportation Department. As a parent, if you chose not to follow the District's plan regarding inclement weather, please note that you have the authority to keep your child at home for an asynchronous remote instruction day anytime there are weather concerns.

Two-Hour Delay

In the event of a two-hour delay, the following will take place:
  • ALL students (remote and in-person) will follow a delay schedule for instruction.
    • Delay Schedules may be found here:
      • PTHS
      • PTMS
      • McMurray - School begins at 10:55 a.m.; specific schedules will be shared by homeroom teachers. 
      • Bower Hill & Pleasant Valley - School begins at 11 a.m., specific schedules will be shared by homeroom teachers.
      • The Modified Kindergarten Schedule for a 2 hour delay is as follows:
        • For AM students: 11:00 am to 12:50 pm
        • For PM students: 1:35 pm to 3:25 pm
  • Remote student lunch pick-up will take place on the normal schedule.
In the event that conditions worsen unexpectedly and we need to close school for in-person instruction after a delay is called, the following will take place:
  • All students (remote and in-person) will attend school remotely following the 2-hour delay schedule.
  • Remote student lunch-pick up will not take place.
  • All students must take attendance remotely via their Canvas portal.

Full-Day Closure for In-Person Instruction

In the event that conditions require a full-day closure for in-person instruction, our ability to seamlessly switch to remote learning can help us avoid snow days that would need to be made up later in the year. 

In the event of a full day closure, the following will take place:
  • All students (in-person and remote) will attend classes remotely on their normal schedule.
  • All students must take attendance remotely via their Canvas portal.
  • Lunch pick-up for remote students will not take place; pick-up may be postponed to an alternate day. 

Communicating a School Closure or Delay

When necessary, school closings and delays will be communicated in a variety of ways. The District utilizes the School Messenger parent notification system to alert families to changes in our schedule via phone and email. The alerts are also posted on the local television news stations, the District website and facebook page.
 
Please be sure to review the contact information we have on file for your family in your parent PowerSchool account under Contact Manager (Contacts Tab). Any phone number where you wish to receive notifications about delays or closings must have a check mark under the GENERAL setting. In the case of a sudden change in the weather that impacts our schedule, we may also use the NON-SCHOOL HOURS EMERGENCY numbers as well to be sure everyone is aware.

If you have any questions about delay/closing communication, please contact Shelly Belcher.

 
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Peters
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Peters Township School District
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631 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724-941-6251
Fax: 724-941-6565
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