Alexander County School System Officials have taken steps to limit disruptions to the school calendar by implementing a plan for limited bus routes when inclement weather occurs. This plan will be communicated to families in affected areas.
During times of winter weather when the vast majority of roads are clear and safe for travel, school system officials may announce the school schedule indicating limited bus route procedures are in effect. Families in predetermined areas affected by the limited routes will have the option to transport students to a designated location for bus pick or may transport students directly to school. Parents with student drivers will be responsible for determining the safety of travel for their student on those days.
“When road conditions in one area of the district appear passable, driving conditions on dirt roads, hills, shaded areas, and bridges in other areas of the district can impact the operation of buses,” stated Dr. Bill Griffin, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services for Alexander County Schools. “Our first priority is the safety of our students and staff members. We want to be able to maintain the school schedule when possible while making the best decision for the safety of students and staff members.”
School system officials, emergency management, and law enforcement all work together on inclement weather days checking road conditions and weather forecasts to determine closings and delays. When school dismisses early due to weather, is closed or on a delayed schedule an announcement is made via the telephone notification system with the school system, local radio, television, social media and the district website. Parents are urged to contact your child’s school to update contact information for the call system. Parents are also encouraged to use multiple sources for information on school closings, delays, and limited bus route announcements in the event power is out, phone lines are down, or other disruptions of service.