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Northland school administrators say transportation and student safety are among the deciding factors when canceling classes because of inclement weather.

In the case of a change to normal school operation due to inclement weather, families will be notified by the North Kansas City Schools district in several ways. The district website, www.nkcschools.org, will provide the first notification on school closings and other cancellations followed by email, phone calls and text messages; and social media such as the district’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts; the NKC Schools app; and local television and radio channels.

Full snow days

The state of Missouri now allows school districts to use alternative methods of instruction such as virtual learning for up to five days rather than calling snow days, states a district release. Because students will continue learning from home, make-up days at the end of the school year would not need to be added, assuming there are no more than five inclement weather days, states the release.

During the first five inclement weather days, North Kansas City Schools will continue online learning for all K-12 students to minimize disruptions to the educational process. Both elementary and secondary students will have to log in to Canvas to view communication from teachers and complete assignments for the day, if inclement weather occurs.

Teachers will work with students to prepare for the possibility of inclement weather days, ensuring they have access and can utilize Canvas from home, states the release. Preschool teachers will also be communicating plans with families they serve for inclement weather days.

Adventure Club will continue to operate on all inclement weather days at their snow day/full-day sites. Hours of operation will be 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If the district has more than five inclement weather days, additional days will be “traditional snow days” and will be made up at the end of the year. Students will not be expected to do virtual lessons from home on these additional snow days.

The last day of school for 2020-21 is currently scheduled for Friday, May 28. Make-up days, if needed, will be June 1 through 4.

Late starts

Other weather-day options include a late start, which is usually a two-hour delayed start in hopes that roads can be treated and safer passage can happen, states the release. Alternate stops for buses will be in effect on two-hour delayed start days. Transportation will communicate directly with all families affected by alternate stops.

On delayed start days, Adventure Club will operate at all schools from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Early out

If a school day ends with early dismissal, another weather-related options for safety, there will be no evening activities including community education classes.

District athletes should refer to the inclement weather guidelines for athletics posted on the district website.

When school is open and the weather is cold, it’s recommended that children be dressed to protect against the wind and the cold. Buses could run late and may run alternate bus routes due to road conditions.