Delays and Cancellations

How is a Delay or Cancellation Made?

Many factors go into how the district determines whether or not to delay or close schools, but the primary concern is the safety of our students and staff. In the event of inclement weather, the Superintendent and Transportation Director are monitoring forecasts and communicating with local officials. We are communicating with PennDOT and the district's four bus carriers about travel conditions, and also communicating with area superintendents regarding conditions in their districts. On the morning of inclement weather, District officials are up, sometimes as early as 3:00 a.m., to travel the roads and get a better understanding of current conditions. Taking into consideration the current conditions and the projected forecast for the day, a decision is made based on the safety of our students (whether they drive, ride the bus, or walk) and staff who must drive to work, some from great distances.

This is one of the most difficult and challenging decisions a district must make, and one that is not taken lightly. We aim to provide ample notice as we recognize delays and cancellations impact schedules. 

Types of delays, dismissals, or closure:

  • Two-Hour Delay: The opening of school will be delayed two hours. All bus schedules will be set back two hours.
  • Three-Hour Delay: The opening of school will be delayed three hours. All bus schedules will be set back three hours.
  • Early Dismissal: School will be dismissed based on the weather and safety of our students. Please make sure your child knows what to do if you are not at home and school dismisses early.
  • School Closed: School will be closed for the day. Make-up days for weather emergencies have been provided in the school calendar

In the event of a weather delay or cancellation, notice will be given via the following methods:

  • Automated messaging system (for parents of students in the district and WP staff)
  • District Web Site
  • Local TV stations

If there is ever a time in which you to do not receive communication regarding a delay or cancellation, but you believe one is possible, please visit our website for confirmation as, barring any major power/internet outages, this will have the most up-to-date information.