Weather Delays/Closings: Decision Process
To delay or close school is a decision made by the superintendent. Some of the key components that enter into making this decision for Center Grove Community School Corporation (CGCSC) include:
- Tracking weather data. Multiple sources of information are used before and during the weather events (snow, ice, extreme temperatures, fog, severe weather, etc.) when a delay or closure of school is possible. Analysis of the ongoing impact and duration of these weather events is included in the consideration of the information.
- Assessing road and school parking lot and sidewalk conditions. As early as 4:00 a.m., reports from staff in our CGCSC Transportation and Maintenance Departments as they drive bus routes across the school district are taken into account. On a typical morning, they will drive more than 40 miles of roads to assess their conditions.
- Communication with other Superintendents. Up-to-the minute local weather and road information is collected from school corporations in Johnson County. This often includes information from the sheriff’s department, state police and the state and county highway departments.
- Synthesizing all of the information gathered. Our transportation director, maintenance director, facilities engineer and assistant superintendent make a recommendation to the superintendent after putting together all of the information so the safest response possible can be made base on the weather conditions.
- Sharing. Weather-related decisions are shared with parents/guardians and school staff as quickly as possible IF a decision is made to delay or close school. In the event that Center Grove schools must be closed due to weather conditions, notification of parents will be made first through ParentSquare to the contact information on file in Skyward. (Please check Skyward to make sure your information is up to date!) The district's social media platforms, website, and local media will also be updated.