|There will be times when weather conditions require school to be closed due to weather/hazardous driving conditions. The following information is provided as to the process/procedures that we will follow:
1. Ideally, the decision to close school is made by 6:00 a.m. on the day of closing or when
possible, by 6:00 p.m. on the evening preceding the closing when it becomes apparent that
conditions will not improve for school to resume the next school day. The decision will be
communicated via our telephone message system (SchoolMessenger), the district website
(monett.schoolfusion.us), and Social Media (Facebook & Twitter).
Joplin: KOAM 7, KODE 12, KSNF 16, KOAM 7
Springfield: KYTV 3, KOLR 10, KOZK 21, KFX 27, KSPR 33
Springfield: KWND FM 88.3, KWFC FM 89., KSCV FM 90.1, KSMU FM 91.1,
KTTS FM 94.7, KXUS FM 97.3, KWTO FM 98.7, KTXR FM101.3, KWTO AM 560, KTOZ AM 1060,
KSGF AM 1260, KIDS AM 1340, KGMY AM 1400, KLFJ AM 1550
Joplin: Kissin’ FM 92.5, Lite Rock FM 93.9, Big Dog FM 97.9, KIX FM 102.5,1310 AM KZRG,
1230 AM The Fan
2. Parents are encouraged to have an inclement weather plan in place for their children in the
event of a school closure or an early dismissal.
3. Make-up days for school missed due to inclement weather will follow the make-up schedule
on the school calendar.
4. Early dismissal due to inclement weather may be necessary on occasion. Every effort
will be made to make this decision at least 2 hours before the dismissal. Because we
are moving buses to 5 different campuses, early dismissals will result in staggered
dismissal times. (i.e.: if schools were to be dismissed at 1:00 p.m., the following
dismissal times would be in effect: Monett Intermediate - 1:00 p.m., Central Park
Elementary - 1:05 p.m., Monett Elementary - 1:15 p.m., and Monett Middle
School/Monett High School - 1:30 p.m. *(Please keep in mind if we dismiss at a different
time, the dismissal times would be adjusted accordingly.)
What process is involved (does someone ride the roads, etc.)?
Ultimately, the decision to cancel school lies with the Superintendent, Brad Hanson. On days when hazardous conditions are present, Mr. Hanson starts driving the streets around 4:30 - 5:00 a.m. The Superintendent may also communicate with other area school superintendents, the city police department, MODOT, and the MO Highway Patrol regarding road conditions as well as the National Weather Service in an effort to gather as much information about conditions as possible. On most days, the decision is made by 6:00 a.m. Bus routes begin around 6:20 - 6:30 a.m. and if possible,a decision must be made prior to beginning bus routes. Once the decision is made to close, Mr. Hanson will begin notifying the various media (television, radio, etc.) of the decision. The Superintendent also sends out a message via our telephone message system (SchoolMessenger) to every student, staff, and contact number.
What factors does the Superintendent look at in determining to close school?
Several factors are considered. The most important factor the Superintendent considers when making this decision is the safety of our students and staff. One of the first factors Mr. Hanson takes into account is the current conditions: Is frozen precipitation (snow, sleet, freezing rain) falling? If so, what is the temperature? If no precipitation is currently falling, the next factor would be road conditions. Are the roads too dangerous for travel? Are there areas presenting hazardous driving conditions? If so, will these conditions jeopardize the safety of our students and staff members? Mr. Hanson considers several of these same factors if weather changes after we are already at school.
This is one of the most significant decisions our Superintendent makes. Ultimately, the safety of approximately 2500 people (students and staff) is at stake. Every time a decision is made about closing, we recognize not everyone will be happy. Changing school schedules is inconvenient for everyone, but he will always err on the side of safety for students and staff. Although those big yellow buses are the safest transportation on the road, we also have staff and students driving smaller vehicles. We want parents to know that we are most concerned about what is safest for children and our staff, not what might be inconvenient.