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January 11, 2011

Communicating With Parents About School Closures & Delays

Learn how CCSD makes decision about delaying or closing schools when threatening weather—including icy, snowy, tropical storm, or hurricane conditions—loom in the LowCountry.As this week demonstrated, Charleston County is no stranger to the threat of inclement weather and hazardous traffic conditions.   

Do you know how CCSD makes decisions about delaying or closing schools when threatening weather—including icy, snowy, tropical storm, or hurricane conditions—loom in the LowCountry? And how can parents ensure that they are getting the latest news and information? Learn more below!

CCSD & Decisions to Delay or Cancel School

Learn how CCSD makes decision about delaying or closing schools when threatening weather—including icy, snowy, tropical storm, or hurricane conditions—loom in the LowCountry.CCSD works closely with the local Emergency Operations Center and other government agencies to obtain the best and most current information about existing and expected weather conditions. The decision to delay and close schools is made with careful consideration to road safety, bussing considerations, sidewalk safety and food service availability. Ultimately, the decision is all about ensuring student and staff safety— which often means erring on the side of caution.

Parents & Emergency Notifications: Staying in the "Information Loop"

Learn how CCSD makes decision about delaying or closing schools when threatening weather—including icy, snowy, tropical storm, or hurricane conditions—loom in the LowCountry.Parents can stay informed about delays and closings by using a variety of tools:

1. Visit the CCSDShools.com website. We try to update the district's homepage as soon as district-wide scheduling decisions are made.

2. Listen out for ParentLink phone notifications. Please ensure that you have communicated with your child’s school about any changes in your contact numbers. If the numbers are correct, you will receive ParentLink messages.

3. Follow us on Twitter.

4. Find us on Facebook!

5. Sign up for CCSD’s email notifications. These messages will come directly to your computer or smart phone. (Stay tuned!-- More information about how you can sign up for email notifications will be posted on the district website in the coming days!)

6. Stay tuned to local media. CCSD works closely with the local television stations, radio stations, and publications to communicate important delay and closure information.

Do you want to learn more? Please contact the Office of Communications by email or calling (843) 937-6304.

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