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    Emergency School Closings and Delays

     

    Upper Darby School District's first priority is the safety of our students and personnel.  Emergency situations and winter weather that impact  road and driving conditions may cause changes in the school day schedule.  As a result, the school day might be adjusted to a 2-hour delay, an early dismissal, or a school closing.  Our goal is to make information available to families about the change in the school day schedule as soon as possible.  We encourage families to have a plan in place for school opening delays, school closings, before- and after-school activity cancellations and emergency school dismissal situations.

     

    We communicate school closing and delay decisions in the following ways:

     

    • ParentLink, a robocall/email system, is used to send out mass emails and voice messages (as needed) to all parents/guardians using contact information from the Home Access Center (HAC).  IMPORTANT: Parents/Guardians are responsible for keeping their contact information (i.e. email, phone number) up-to-date in the Home Access Center.

     

    • Official Upper Darby School District social media tools, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, are used to post the ParentLink message.

     

    • COMING SOON: CrisisGo mobile app and Upper Darby School District mobile app will be used as additional tools to accelerate emergency notification to school staff, parents/guardians and school community stakeholders.

     

     

    The following Emergency School Schedule Change Communication Protocol* outlines the timeline for communicating a decision for altering the school schedule due to inclement weather or another emergency or serious incident.  The District aims to communicate decisions regarding a change to the school schedule as far in advance of the weather event as possible.  If no announcement is made it is safe to assume that the District is operating as usual.

     

    Schools Closed - School are closed for the day.  All before- and after-school activities are cancelled.

     

    • If a decision to close schools is to be made the day before the inclement weather event, it will be made by 6:15 p.m.  If a decision to close schools is made on the morning of the inclement weather event, it will be made by 5:30 a.m.


     

    2-Hour Delay - Schools begin 2 hours later than usual.  Bus pick-up schedules are also 2 hours later than usual.  All before-school activities are cancelled.  Schools dismiss at the usual time unless otherwise indicated.

     

    • If a decision to schedule a 2-hour delay is made before the inclement weather event, it will be made by 6:15 p.m.  If a decision to close schools is made on the morning of the inclement weather event, it will be made by 5:30 a.m.
    • A decision as to whether or not to close schools following a 2-hour delay will be made no later than 9:00 a.m.
    • A decision to close schools early following an inclement weather event that begins after 9:00 a.m. will be made and communicated as soon as possible.
    • A decision as to whether or not to cancel after-school activities will be made no later than 1:00 p.m. on the day of the inclement weather event.  

     

     

    Early Dismissal - Elementary (12:05 p.m.), Beverly Hills MS (1:00 pm.) , Drexel Hill MS (1:30 p.m.), Upper Darby High School (1:00 p.m.).  If the call is made after 9:00 a.m., parents/guardians are to pick up their child AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and no later than the school's early dismissal time as above.

     

    • If a decision to dismiss schools early is made before the inclement weather event, it will be made by 6:15 p.m.  If a decision to dismiss schools early is made on the morning of the inclement weather event, it will be made by 9:00 a.m.
    • A decision to dismiss schools early following an inclement weather event beginning after 9:00 a.m. will be made and communicated as soon as possible.
    • A decision as to whether or not to cancel after-school activities will be made no later than 1:00 p.m. on the day of the inclement weather event.

     

     

    * The Emergency School Schedule Change Communication Protocol can be found in the  Upper Darby School District Administration Serious Incident and Emergency School Closing/Delay Communications Plan.