Severe Weather Protocol

Severe Weather Protocol

Hurricane season is ramping up and this is a perfect time to review our severe weather plan with you. A decision to close schools or alter our schedule is never easy. During a threat of potentially dangerous weather, we partner with the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management officials to determine the potential impact to our area and an appropriate response.

When determining whether to alter the schedule or close schools, we consider several factors:

  • The impact of weather on safe travel to and from school.
  • Road conditions across the county including areas with unpaved roads.
  • The domino effect school closures have in our community when parents must miss work to care for children.

Parents often ask for closure decisions to be made earlier than is advisable based on what they have heard on the news or decisions made in other counties. Predicting weather is an inexact science, even for trained meteorologists.  Weather patterns change constantly. Our decisions are based on the most current and accurate information available through close and constant communication with our severe weather partners at the NWS and Camden County Emergency Management. We are mindful both of the need to be prepared and the effect our closures have on the entire community when decisions are made regarding school closures.

Please remember, our priority will always be the safety of students, their families and our employees. We also value every instructional day to help insure the best opportunity for students to be successful. Decisions are made about school closures with the very best information available that will allow families time to evacuate or shelter in place.

In any emergency, it is important for everyone to rely on timely and accurate information directly from the school system and local and state officials. All official announcements regarding schools will be made through SchoolMessenger automated calls, emails or texts. Information will also be shared on Camden County Schools’ website and Facebook page, local radio stations KBAY 106.3 and WECC 89.3 and the Tribune and Georgian website. Rely on these sources for official updates regarding all weather decisions.

Keeping your information up to date is the best way to ensure you receive official messages. Ask friends and neighbors with students to be sure they are receiving our messages. If not, they can easily update their contact information in PowerSchool by logging into PowerSchool and choosing the Year Round Update option to enter current contact information.

We take the safety of our students and community very seriously and appreciate the faith and confidence you place in us as we work to motivate, inspire and challenge the students of Camden County Schools.