Inclement Weather Guide for Students and Families
Our district's number one goal is to operate schools as safely and effectively as possible, following the published annual school calendar schedule as closely as possible. When there is inclement weather forecast for Alamance County, ABSS is prepared to make adjustments to schedules as needed which may include announcing a later arrival time, an early dismissal time, possible school closure or a remote learning day.
Making decisions about closing or delaying school and bus transportation schedules when inclement weather is imminent for our community are among the most challenging ones every school district makes. But, we don't make these important safety decisions alone.
Whenever there is a potential for inclement weather for our area, ABSS is in close contact with the National Weather Service about their forecast predictions and with local emergency management officials who also monitor the national weather information and North Carolina Office of Emergency Management forecasts about impending weather conditions.
In addition to consulting with weather and emergency management experts, ABSS performs late night and/or early morning visual inspections and assessments of actual road and weather conditions. We gather input from experienced staff with Alamance County Emergency Management, local law enforcement agencies, North Carolina Department of Transportation and Duke Energy. Our experienced ABSS Facilities and Maintenance staff members and our Transportation experts have years of experience and knowledge in identifying potential issues and potential trouble spots.
Assessments are made on road and bridge conditions in addition to inspecting our multiple campus parking lots, sidewalks and steps to determine if we can operate safely and effectively on a regular or modified schedule.
When a schedule change is needed, notifications to families and staff are made as quickly as possible and include automated messaging notifications via phone, email and text messaging, website and social media posts and alerts shared with multiple TV and radio stations across the region.
Potential Inclement Weather Codes
Code A: No School for students or staff
Code B: Remote learning day for students; staff work from home
Code C: Remote learning day for students; staff report to work
Code D: Early dismissal for students
Code E: Delayed opening for students
ABSS staff can review more information about these codes in the staff inclement weather plan.
Announcements and Communications to Staff and Families
If at all possible, a decision to close or delay school is made no later than 5:00 a.m., and the notification process begins, within minutes, in the following order:
Radio, TV, and Website Announcements
ABSS reserves the right to designate any workday, vacation day or Saturday as a student day (including spring break) as needed for inclement weather makeup.
Connect-ED automated phone, email and text messages are scheduled to be sent to all staff and student families beginning no earlier than 6:00 a.m. or as soon as early dismissal is determined if students are already in school or en route to school. All of the notifications listed above are made prior to 6:00 a.m. (The system generally takes 30 minutes to reach all ABSS contacts. In cases of heavy call volume or high network use, 100% of calls may not be received. For that reason, ABSS provides a variety of methods to find out weather updates.)
In compliance with federal laws, the Alamance-Burlington School System administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to:
Dr. Angela Bost, Deputy Superintendent of Student Learning
Alamance-Burlington School System
1712 Vaughn Road, Burlington, NC 27217