Two-Hour Delay and School Closings
When the weather requires the district administration to delay the
start of school by 2 hours because of fog, snow, ice or other
conditions, it is important that parents, students and staff
understand what a “2-hour delay” means.
The decision to delay the opening of schools or ultimately cancel is
based upon the safety and well-being of our students, the conditions
of roads and highways used by parents and staff, and the weather
forecast. The county authorities are consulted regarding safety
issues and street conditions, and Mr. Hunter personally drives city
streets and county roads before a decision is made. We will try to
make a decision as early as possible to allow parents time to make
In the event of a 2-hour
delay, there will be no Pre-School.
Buses will pick students up at their regular bus stop 2 hours after
their normal, scheduled time. For example, if a child normally
catches the bus at 6:45 a.m., pick-up will be at 8:45 a.m. on days
when a 2-hour delay is called.
Likewise, school will start 2 hours after the normal start time, so
high school students will begin classes at 9:55 a.m. (students
should report to their first block class), and all morning practices
and club meetings will be cancelled; middle school students will
begin classes at 9:50 a.m.; Greensburg Elementary students will
begin classes at 10:20 a.m.
If the start of school is delayed, breakfast will not be served, but
lunch will be available as usual. Dismissal time will remain the
Safety remains the primary focus when the determination is made to
close school or delay the start of school by 2 hours. From time to
time it may be predicted that a 2-hour delay will allow morning fog
to lift or roads to be cleared. If the weather has not cleared
after the 2-hour delay, school will be cancelled for the day and
that decision will be broadcast via local media and the one-call
automated parent connect system. The automatic messaging system is
linked to the school’s computer, and it uses the number listed for
the home phone in relaying important information. Because of this
parents/guardians should advise the school of changes in demographic
information, particularly new phone number. Please remember that
parents always have the right to make the final decision if they
feel it is not safe to send children during inclement weather.
It is generally district policy that once the school day has begun,
students are not released early. However, if there is a situation
that would call for early dismissal, the same procedure would apply.
It is the policy of Greensburg Community Schools for all elementary
and middle school extra-curricular activities to be postponed when
schools are closed or dismissed early for inclement weather. The
high school shall make the most informed decision in each particular
case as to whether athletic events shall be played. We will make
every attempt to post on the school web site the status of each
athletic event affected and notify the local media when possible.