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The Delaware Department of Education maintains a School Closing Website that provides information about school closing decisions supplied by each district. To access the site, go to the following address: http://schoolclosings.delaware.gov/ .
Weather related closing decisions will be made by the Brandywine School District Superintendent or designee following an evaluation of weather forecasts reported on national and local weather services and current conditions as viewed by the Executive Director of Support Services, the Supervisor of Transportation and the Supervisor of Facilities.
After-school and evening activities are automatically cancelled when schools are closed for weather related conditions.
The Transportation Department will notify parents if their child/children are assigned to a “bad weather”
bus stop. A "bad weather" bus stop is defined as an alternate bus stop that will be used, when announced,
during inclement weather when their regular stops become impassable. The District will employ a
District-wide emergency system (“Alert Now”) that will alert parents to the early dismissal or closing of
schools due to inclement weather. The system will be initiated from the District office and will place
telephone calls according to students’ contact information; including home phone, office phone, and
cell phone numbers. For school closings the same District-wide emergency system (“Alert Now”) will
notify BSD Administrators, Supervisors, and Secretarial Personnel by 6:00 am. Early dismissal calls
will be initiated as soon as the dismissal times have been determined.
Radio announcements may include information-directing students to use “bad weather" bus stop locations.
Each school will develop a late opening plan that can be quickly implemented to adjust school operations.
Such plans will be prepared and distributed to staff in advance.
Secondary schools (Grades 6-12) will be dismissed first, followed by the elementary schools (Grades KN -5th)and Bush School.
Middle schools and elementary schools will serve lunch prior to early dismissal; however, safety factors may override lunch provisions and dictate an earlier time for dismissal.
With approval of the Superintendent, or designee, central office secretarial personnel may leave after all
District buses have departed the schools for their last dismissal run. Central office Administrative staffs
are to remain until all District buses have completed their runs or released by the Superintendent or
Each school will develop an early dismissal plan that can be quickly implemented to adjust school operations. Such plans will be prepared and distributed to staff in advance.
It shall be the responsibility of principals in the Pre K and elementary buildings to contact the parent or guardian before a child leaves the care of the District.