Mitchell County Schools Winter Weather Notification Program
As the winter weather season approaches, the Mitchell County Schools central office staff understands that our decision to close or delay schools in inclement weather has a big effect on families. We also understand that our students are better served, both academically and socially, by being in school. Our top priority, however, is the safety of our students. School officials are asking all students and parents to use the following recommendations during bad weather days:
1. Listen to one of the radio stations WTOE-Spruce Pine; WKYK-Burnsville; WJCW-Johnson City; WNCW FM Public Radio-Spindale; or KISS FM-Asheville. TV stations carrying our announcements are WBTV-Charlotte; WCYB-Bristol; WLOS-Asheville; WJHL-Johnson City; WSPA-Spartanburg; WYFF-Greenville; and WKPT TV-Kingsport. Announcements will be made in the late evening (before 9:30 PM) or early morning (between 5:15 – 5:45 AM) concerning school closings or delays. Information can also be found on wtoe.com or wkyk.com.
2. A decision to close or delay school will be announced between 5:15–5:45 AM. Remember the weather can change quickly and sometimes after a decision has been made to have school – the conditions can worsen between 6 and 8 AM. THE ABSENCE OF ANY ANNOUNCEMENT MEANS THAT SCHOOL WILL OPERATE AS USUAL.
3. Notification of school closings or delays will be made using our Mitchell Access Communication (MAC) telephone system. This phone message will be sent between 5:15 and 5:45 AM if a closing or delay is necessary. Our staff will be regularly monitoring the weather situation. In following these procedures it should not be necessary to contact school officials.
4. There will be times when it is not safe to run some of the secondary roads, but if a determination is made that the main roads are safe we will have school.
5. Conditions may lead to a decision to have a one, twoor three hour delay. When this occurs students will report to school two or three hours later and the school day will end at its normal time. When a delay is called, bus arrival times will be adjusted to accommodate the delay.
6. When the temperature is between thirty to thirty-five degrees it makes decisions very difficult but safety is of the utmost importance. This is a tough decision for school officials but every effort will be made to make the best possible decision taking student safety into account. Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and support when bad weather compromises our regularly scheduled school day.
Winter weather in Mitchell County is typically very unpredictable. In order to assure that your young person is available for class throughout the scheduled academic school year, please consider planning your family vacation after June 13th in case inclement weather leads to an extended school year. Thanks very much for your assistance.