Winter season means inclement weather closings

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Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) strives to hold school according to the calendar approved by the Board of Education. However, in the event of inclement winter weather, the possibility of school cancellations may arise to ensure the safety of students and staff.

When deciding whether to close schools, a number of factors are taken into consideration, including the amount of snow fall, condition of residential and thoroughfare roads, temperature, and the ability to clear parking lots and sidewalks. District administrators closely monitor local forecasts at the first announcement of severe weather. From there, they personally travel the roads in various areas of the district.

In most cases, the district makes the final decision to cancel school no later than 6 a.m. on the school day under consideration. The decision is made on a day-to-day basis after weather and road conditions have been assessed. If school is closed, all after-school activities, including sports and evening events, will also be canceled.

In the event BAPS cancels school or the arrival/dismissal time is affected on a day school is in session, an announcement will be made via local television stations, the district websiteFacebookTwitter and the district’s alert notification system, SchoolMessenger.

Parents and staff members are encouraged to ensure the primary contact phone number the district has on file is up to date. Staff members may contact human resources at 918-259-5700. Parents should work with the appropriate school sites to update their contact information.

If the school year is disrupted by emergencies or inclement weather and schools are closed, the district has five weather days built into the instructional calendar.

 

 


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