Posted on 05 March 2015.
Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, cancel evening activities or run buses on main/paved roads only. When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI TV 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media. GRAIL stations include:
RADIO – AM: WGVU 1480, WJNZ 1140, WNWZ 1410, WOOD 1300, WTKG 1230
FM: WGRD 97.9, WGVU 88.5, WJQK 99.3, WKLQ 94.5, WLAV 96.9, WLHT 95.7, WODJ 107.3, WOOD 105.7 FM, WSNX 104.5, WTRV 100.5, WVTI 96.1
TELEVISION – WOOD TV 8, WXMI TV 17, WZZM TV 13
Tornado Watch: If a Tornado Watch is in effect at regular dismissal times, students will be dismissed to their normal bus runs. Weather conditions will be evaluated for walkers and, if unsafe, these students will be held at school and their parents notified. Students who drive will be released.
Tornado Warning: If a Tornado Warning is in effect, or if a tornado appears, during regular school hours, children will be kept at school in predetermined shelter areas until the warning is lifted. All students including those who walk and drive will be held in school until the warning is lifted or parents pick them up.
After Hours School Activities: If a Tornado Watch or Tornado Warning is announced during school hours, all after-school and evening activities will be CANCELLED. If an “ALL CLEAR” is announced TWO Hours prior to the starting time of an activity, it shall meet as scheduled. When school evening activities are canceled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, organizations and extra-curricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening.
Athletic Events: Cancellations and/or postponements of athletic events will be determined after 1:30 p.m. on the day of the event and posted on the homepage of the district website under Closings & Delays and the Closings & Delays webpage. Please do not call the main office for this information, if at all possible.
If you are concerned you may pick up your children at any time during a tornado “watch” or “warning” and must sign them out in the appropriate office. Parents may NOT pick up children other than their own unless written permission is on file at the school office.
Do NOT call the school building inquiring about tornado procedures during the period of a tornado “watch” or “warning” because telephone lines are needed for emergency communication.
Please have a plan for your children when no one will be at home upon arrival from school. Individuals can also call our automated phone system at (616) 696-1204, (press option 1) for cancellation and delay updates.
In the event of a 2-hour delay, students will be picked up by the bus approximately 2 hours later than their routine pick-up time. Morning Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and morning preschool classes will be cancelled.
Campus Kids will be open on days that school is closed and / or delayed unless otherwise noted in school closing announcements.
Buses will not transport students to Kent Career and Technical Center for 1st session when a school delay or cancellation is issued. Students will be given a weather-related absence at KC/TC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KC/TC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.