Closing and Delays
School administrators work hard to determine if it is safe for students to be transported to schools. The decision rests with the superintendent after consultation with key district personnel. The superintendent monitors reports from various sources to determine if students and staff can be transported safely. In addition, road conditions beyond West Windsor and Plainsboro must be evaluated as employees might have delays in getting to work.
There are numerous factors to weigh in making the decision to close schools or to have an early closing. First and foremost, the superintendent must consider the safety of students and staff. Questions to ask include, Can the buses deliver students to and from home? Can students safely wait outside for school buses? Have crews cleaned the roads sufficiently so staff can drive to school or back home? Secondly, the superintendent must make a final decision no later than 5:30 a.m. to close schools and by 10 a.m. in order to inform the staff and community about the unfolding events of the day.
In the very early hours of the morning, the director of Buildings and Grounds will contact local police and the directors of public works for West Windsor and Plainsboro Townships, study weather forecasts, and review conditions on district property. The Transportation coordinator communicates with bus contractors and key department employees. While they discuss the road situation, the superintendent reviews conditions across the region. The superintendent discusses the local conditions with the assistant superintendent for Finance and confers with area superintendents. With all this information, the superintendent makes a decision, which is then disseminated to district administrators. In addition, a message is placed on the district web site (www.ww-p.org), on the cable stations (Plainsboro: Channel 3 and West Windsor: Channel 27), and on the district telephone system (716-5000). Throughout the morning, the superintendent monitors road conditions and keeps principals advised of any changes to the daily schedule.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Each decision regarding school openings must be done on a case-by-case basis. The number one priority is safety.
If road conditions permit, a 90-minute delay can be utilized. Information will be delivered through the same channels: the district web site (www.ww-p.org), the township cable stations (West Windsor: Channel 27 and Plainsboro: Channel 3), and the district main telephone number: 609-716-5000.
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