School Cancellations and Delays FAQ

School Cancellations and Delays FAQ
Posted on 01/03/2018

Fairview School District

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

School Cancellations and Delays

Who decides?

The Superintendent is required by law to ensure that the schools are open on all scheduled days unless conditions are unsafe for students. Consequently, the Superintendent must decide if conditions warrant a change in the normal schedule.

When is the decision made?

When extreme weather conditions are forecast, the decision is occasionally made the preceding evening in order to give parents additional time to make necessary arrangements for their children. Under normal circumstances, the process of gathering relevant information begins at approximately 3:30 a.m. Every effort is made to make decisions regarding delays and cancellations by 5:30 a.m.

Who provides relevant information?

  • District’s Transportation Supervisor

  • District’s Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds

  • Local and National Weather Service

  • Township personnel, when appropriate

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (

  • School personnel in neighboring school districts, when appropriate

What are the primary reasons for a delay or cancellation?

  • According to the National Weather Service, no specific rules exist for determining when wind chill becomes dangerous. However, the threshold for potentially dangerous wind chill conditions is about


  • If the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory and wind chill predictions are for temperatures of -20°F or colder at 6:30 a.m., a delay may be called.

  • If the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning, a delay will be called. If conditions do not improve, school may be cancelled.

What is the critical question regarding the safety of the roads?

The critical question is: Can school buses traveling at safe speeds get students to school safely and reasonably “on time”? The question is not: Is it snowing or are some roads slippery? That answer could be yes, but that does not always mean that buses cannot travel safely.

  • If the conditions are drivable at 5:30 a.m. when the bus drivers arrive to start bus preparations and there is not an impending forecast of snow corroborated with weather radar, transportation operations will begin.

  • School will be delayed or cancelled if road conditions are such that travel is too hazardous for vehicles.

  • School cancellations will be considered if travel delays are expected and/or we anticipate that students will be out at bus stops for an excessive amount of time.

Note: If an unexpected squall or lake effect snow band arises during bus runs, it is usually not possible to cancel or delay bus runs in progress. In this instance, the buses will travel or stop temporarily until conditions improve.

How does the School District communicate the delay or cancellation?

Each time a decision to delay or cancel school is made, the following stations are notified: WICU, WJET, and WSEE. The district website ( will also display the status of the delay or cancellation. Please obtain information from these sources. Additionally, the District utilizes a phone notification system, which will call a home and cellphone in order to notify families of a delay or cancelation. Finally, families may also choose to follow the District on Twitter (@FairviewTigers), Facebook, and Schoology.

What about an unscheduled early dismissal?

In the event of a rare early dismissal, high school and middle school students will be sent home first, followed by elementary students. This is designed to help parents/guardians in their planning so that an adult or older child may be in the home before the elementary child arrives.

What about students who attend Non-Public Schools requiring transportation?

In the case of a weather delay or cancellation, transportation for non-public students will follow the Fairview School District schedule.

What decision should parents make?

Parents always have the responsibility for making decisions that are in the best interest of the health and safety of their own children. This includes decisions about sending a child to school when conditions are questionable.

The Superintendent will make a decision in the best interest of the District at large. Parents may decide to make a different decision for their own child based upon other factors such as age, health, attendance, academics, distance from the bus stop, road conditions unique to their area, bus stop waiting area, length of the bus ride, etc. In those situations, the School District will honor the decision of the parent who assesses the individual circumstances and acts accordingly.

While it is important to have students in school on time, every scheduled day, the safety of each child is paramount. As the District makes every effort to preserve instructional time for its students, parents are urged to make the appropriate decision based on their own situation in order to preserve the health, safety, and welfare of their child.

What is the recommendation for winter dress?

Our School District is located in a snow-belt area. Frequent heavy snow and cold temperatures are normal during the winter season. Students should always wear an appropriate coat, hat, gloves, and boots during the winter weather. The District has a limited number of winter jackets available for families in need. Please contact your school counselor for details.

If I transport my child to school during extreme weather, at what time can students enter the school?

High School: 6:30 a.m.

Middle School: 7:00 a.m.

Elementary School: 8:45 a.m.

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