Balancing safety and the need to provide learning
For Wednesday, December 19, 2012 all schools are open and all buses are running, including services for students with special needs. Parents are reminded to please use caution as roads and sidewalks may be slippery.
The decision whether or not to close schools due to weather conditions is ultimately the responsibility of the Superintendent, who must balance the safety of students, staff and parents with the need to provide learning. The decision is not taken lightly and is the result of a carefully thought out process that is reviewed after each experience and refined if necessary.
Decisions about school schedules and bus route changes are almost always made in the early morning before school. This allows for the most current weather information to factor into the decision. This information is communicated immediately, generally before 6:30 a.m.
We understand these decisions have an impact on our families and appreciate your patience during these severe weather situations. While we know that our students and families are best served when we are open, our top concern is the safety of our students and staff.
The final decision to send students to school resides with parents since they know the road and weather conditions in their respective areas. Parents/guardians should be reminded to dress their children warmly during inclement weather conditions as schools are sometimes cooler than normal.
If you have access to the Internet, current information can be found by clicking on the School Status / Closure Info link found on the main page of our District website. If your power is out and you don't have mobile Internet access, try contacting a friend or relative to ask them to check the website for you.
Current information is also posted on the Langley School District's Information Hotline at 604-532-1453 (Do not hang up if your call isn't connected right away.) Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130 AM, CKNW 980 AM, Country Radio 107.1 FM or CBC 690 AM for updates. We will also be posting updates to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook.