Utah is a winter state with the Ogden area receiving over five feet of snowfall annually. During winter months, temperatures can average in the 20s & 30s, and it’s not uncommon to experience patterns of cold and snowy weather.
Despite inclement weather, Weber School District has a responsibility to keep schools open as long as they can be safely and effectively operated. The public relies on our schools to be open as we provide many services for children and families.
With these factors in mind, all Weber School District schools will be open on all regularly scheduled school days unless circumstances exist that create serious health and safety concerns.
On days when snow is expected, our custodial and maintenance crews will be out early to evaluate conditions at each school. They will be checking to make sure the building can be safely opened, which includes clearing snow from parking lots and sidewalks and ensuring all heating and lighting systems are functioning properly. It’s critical that we have adequate staff on site prior to the start of classes.
Another important consideration is busing. Our transportation department is constantly monitoring weather forecasts and road conditions. They must determine if the main roadways have been cleared by plows, and if our buses are able to safely and effectively operate.
If buildings can be safely opened and buses are able to pick up students at regularly scheduled times, then school will be in session. In the event that conditions don’t allow this, the decision to modify the school schedule will be the decision of the superintendent.
We plan on our schools to be open and functioning normally throughout the school year, so notifications will only be sent out when there is a disruption to the schedule. If parents and students do not receive a notification advising them of a change in the schedule, then they should plan on school being in session.
Notifications will be sent out through the WSD notification system, so please make sure your contact information is up to date. Information may also be posted on district and school websites, as well as social media pages. Teachers and/or principals may also send out messages from their schools. Notifications will be sent out as soon as reasonably possible in order to give parents and students advanced notice of any changes.
In the event of a delayed start, morning preschool classes will be canceled. With a two hour delay, students would have minimal time in the classroom between drop off and pick up (only approximately 45 minutes) which would be disruptive to younger children to not be able to participate in a regular classroom routine.
In the event of an early release, elementary and junior high students will be kept at school until parents have been notified and students can be safely released.
Weber School District operates 45 schools serving over 34,000 students throughout Weber County. We understand that weather and road conditions may vary from one school community to another. Any decision to delay or cancel school is based on the school or district’s situation as a whole, and not according to anyone's individual circumstances. Please consider that adjusting the schedule may be best for one family, but it could be just the opposite for another, so it’s a decision we don’t take lightly.
Ultimately, it is a parent’s decision to send their child to school. If circumstances exist where a parent doesn’t feel that their child can safely get to school, then we expect parents to make the best choice for their child in regards to attendance. Parents should also have a backup plan in place for daycare and supervision in case there is ever an adjustment to the school schedule or if they decide to keep their child home.
If a student is late or missed class due to concerns over being able to get to school safely because of adverse weather conditions, then we will work closely with them in making up any missed assignments.
What: AcyMailer is a school based utility to mass email parents and students within their school.
When: This is for sending newsletters, emails with attachments, emails to specific grade levels, PTA, Etc.
Who: Building administrators have access to AcyMailer. For help contact Vincent Coates.
How: AcyMailer is a Joomla web site application. Administrators log into their Joomla site and can send the content out to groups specified in that list.
What: MyConnect is an “opt in” notification system. (Similar to remind101) Teachers and administrators can create a list associated with a course or other group of students. Students/parents connect to that text/email feed for any type of notifications or messages associated with that course or list. These messages are logged and can be scheduled. Parents/Students can also unsubscribe.
When: This is for normal classroom notifications, athletic and club notifications, administrator to faculty notifications and messages, etc.
Who: All teachers and administrators in Weber School District have access to MyConnect. For teacher and administrator help contact Vincent Coates. For help joining a list associated with your students, contact the school or teacher.
How: MyConnect is a button located in the MyStudent suite of classroom tools. List management can also be accomplished via website http://myconnect.wsd.net
We offer the ability to sign up for email and text alerts
To sign-up to receive emergency notifications through text and/or email, login to myweber.wsd.net and click on the emergency notifications link in the menu.
Other methods for getting WSD notifications are to:
What: The emergency notifier is linked to all email addresses, mobile phone numbers that have been added to the emegency notifications in myweber, the district twitter account, the district Facebook account, as well as all Weber School District web pages. It is accessed through a button in MyStudent that is only accessible by particular district administrators.
When: This is for emergency type notifications; (i.e. school closures, late start, early out, lockouts,) and other situations when we need to get information to parents and students. To unsubscribe login to myweber.wsd.net and adjust your Emergency Notification preferences.
Who: The Emergency Notifier can only be initiated by the Superintendancy. Subsequent permission can be granted from the superintendent to the director and supervisor of Technical Services, the director of Secondary Education, the director of Elementary Education, Community Relations/Safety Administrator, and Technical Services Web Development emergency notification support. (Blayne Christensen, Geoff Brooks, Justin Reeve) Geoff Brooks is the point of contact.
How: To activate the Emergency Notifier contact one of the persons in the above list.
You do not need to have a Twitter account to follow and receive text messages sent from the WSD Notification Twitter account. Do the following to receive WSD Notification tweets as text messages on your mobile device:
Send “follow @wsdnotification” to the number “40404”