Weather & School Closures
School Closure, Weather &Alert Information
Schools may be closed for weather, road conditions, or other safety issues.
When severe weather or road conditions are the issue, our district’s Transportation Director will assess our neighborhoods, roadways, and driving conditions before dawn, taking into account current and immediate weather forecasts. The Superintendent will use that information to decide if we close or cancel school—in most cases by 5 a.m.
Once we decide to close school, internal and external communications will be sent as soon as possible. You can expect to receive a message or text from us if we are closed — but not if we are open —unless there are extenuating circumstances.
The safety of our students and staff is most important in our decision-making process.
Stay connected and informed about school closures and alerts by using one or more of the resources below.
Closures, critical updates, and other district-wide notifications will be posted on the district website (www.elks.net) as available. The information will appear on this Weather page of the website.
DISTRICT FACEBOOK PAGE
Social media is an easy and efficient way to keep up-to-date on all closures and critical district events. Because of the nature of social media, users will receive more timely updates and information than parents using any of the other information methods alone. Remember that posts or alerts from other users are NOT to be considered “official” sources. Only posts by “RoundValleySchools” should be considered official district information. For updates, find “RoundValleySchools” on Facebook.
The school district will notify local radio stations in the event of a school closure or delay. KTHQ (92.5 FM), KRVZ (1400 AM), KQAZ (101.7 FM), KWKM (95.7 FM), KVSL (1450 AM), KRFM (96.5 FM), and KVWM (970 AM) will broadcast/stream school closures.
To Close or Not to Close?
Many people wonder how we decide to close school due to weather conditions, or when to stay open. Such emergency closures are something we take very seriously for many reasons. Here is the process we go through and some of the thinking involved.
The transportation director, safety director, and the superintendent communicate with one another. The transportation director and sometimes others drive the roads in different parts of our district which includes roads to Alpine, Greer, St. Johns and Show Low.
We aim to make decisions by about 5:30 AM.
Of course, safety is our highest priority. Safety on the roads includes the ability of our school bus fleet/drivers as well as passenger cars to navigate the roads. There are other obvious safety considerations as well, including students who walk to school and who wait at bus stops in frigid temperatures or hazardous conditions.
There are also safety issues not as readily apparent. For some of our students, if we were to close school, there would be no supervision at home, as parents have to go to work. In addition, for some of our students, school is perhaps the warmest and safest place to be. We have close to 1300 + students in our district; for some of them, school is the place they can rely on having a warm, well-balanced meal. All of these factors must be considered every day that weather and road conditions are in question. We understand the impact a school closure has on each of our families. Please know that each potential closure decision is weighed thoughtfully with careful consideration for the safety of our entire school community, and based on the best information we have available.
Our typical communications, once we decide to close school, are both internal (notifying all staff) and external (notifying parents, students and the community). We used to rely mainly on radio stations to help get the word out (along with our automated calling system). Now we also post on our Website and Facebook page. Typically, we communicate in this way only if we close. There have been occasions when we communicated that we were open, because we knew there may be some question or confusion due to the decisions of other districts in our region. Generally, you can expect to hear from us only if we decide to close school.