Emergency Closing Information for MSD of Boone Township
The MSD of Boone Township's first priority is the safety of all students and staff. We encourage you to have a plan in place for school delays, cancellations, and emergency early dismissal situations.
Many factors go into the decision to modify the opening of school or dismiss students early. It is important for you to know the process beforehand.
Monitoring Current Conditions & Forecasts: MSD of Boone Township personnel continually monitor forecasts and live radar. Depending on the certainty of weather conditions, the call to close or delay school may be made the prior evening.
Personnel on the Street: The MSD of Boone Township along with the Superintendents of all Porter County Schools and the Porter County Highway Department monitor roads to determine actual road conditions. They begin the process as early as 3:00 am when bad weather is expected. The roads are continually assessed for safety, and we remain in contact with the county and state transportation departments. If by 5:00 am the roads are favorable and conditions are expected to be good to get the students safely to school, then school will be open.
Ability to Clear Pathways: The MSD of Boone Township also factors in our ability to clear school sidewalks and parking lots in a timely manner, or if snow will accumulate faster than we can clear.
Delaying or Closing School is based on Multiple Variables
The most unpredictable weather variable is freezing rain/sleet. Freezing rain/sleet is temperature sensitive and fast-occurring. It begins and ends with little notice. When freezing rain/sleet are predicted, the decision regarding school is delayed until the latest possible time in an effort to observe the most current and local conditions. Such a decision will generally be made in the early morning.
Snowfall is more predictable than freezing rain/sleet. Meteorologists generally give a 2 inch variable when predicting snow accumulation. Because the variation in actual snowfall, when compared to predicted snowfall, the decision regarding school status is delayed until the snow accumulation indicates a need for action. Such a decision, except in extreme situations, will generally be made in the early morning.
Extreme Snowfall Situations
When snow has accumulated to a significant level, or is at such a level with more snowfall predicted, then the decision regarding school may be made the previous evening. A significant level is one in which local authorities have indicated it is unlikely streets will be passable by the following morning.
The MSD of Boone Township uses the hourly temperature predictions for its zip code from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov). If air temperature is predicted by NOAA to be -10 degrees or below (the starting point for wind chill concerns with calm wind) at 5:00 am, the school will consider a two-hour delay for the start of school. If the air temperature is predicted to remain at -10 degrees or below at 9:00 am, the school will consider closing. Such a determination will be made as early as possible, perhaps the evening before, but certainly by 5:00 am in the morning.
Visibility, blowing snow and wind chills are also factors in calling a delay or cancellation.
Extreme Wind Chill
Wind chill prediction is not as accurate as temperature prediction because wind speed is more variable by time and location. While the NOAA observations and predictions are based upon the open conditions of the Gary Airport, these conditions are often different for Northwest Indiana. Local observations of wind speed will affect the decision regarding delaying or closing school. Wind chill concerns emerge at a predicted wind chill temperature of -20 degrees. If wind chill is predicted by NOAA to be -20 degrees or below and local wind conditions are predicted to mirror the airport wind conditions at 5:00 am, the school will consider a two-hour delay for the start of school. If the wind chill is predicted to remain at -20 degrees or below and local conditions mirror the airport wind conditions at 9:00 am, the school will consider closing. The variability of wind speed is a key factor. Such a determination will be made as early as possible, perhaps the evening before, but certainly by 5:00 am in the morning.
We use the National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart displayed below and available on their website by clicking here, for assessing temperatures and wind chills when considering a school closure or delay.
Functional Facilities and Transportation
Utility issues (gas, electricity, water) may cause a school to close. Issues associated with cold, including water supply to a building and electricity to a building or neighborhood, may cause school to be cancelled.
Buses are critical to transporting students. Issues associated with cold, including buses that are unable to start, may cause school to be delayed or cancelled depending on the severity of the situation.
Delayed Start (Two-Hour Delay)
In order to provide time for roads and weather conditions to improve and become safer for travel, the MSD of Boone Township may delay the start of school.
A delayed start to school allows the school district to do the following:
- Provide more time to assess for safe conditions to start school including roads, buildings, and transportation.
- Project whether a closure of school is needed.
- Allow school to be held with improved conditions and not have to make up a weather day because of a school closure.
If a two-hour delay is called lunch will be served.
The following schedule for classes will be used including Late Start Wednesday’s:
* Hebron High School will start at 9:45 a.m.
* Hebron Middle School will start at 9:50 a.m.
* Hebron Elementary School will start at 10:20 a.m.
* Hawks Club (before and after school care) will follow its regular schedule.
* For bus riders, please plan on the morning bus arriving two hours later than the normal bus schedule.
When MSD of Boone Township schools are cancelled, all after-school events, meetings, and practices will also be cancelled. Exceptions may occur with approval by the Superintendent if the emergency situation no longer exists, but exceptions will be on a case by case basis. The state of Indiana requires 180 student days. Please refer to the school calendar regarding make-up days. Additionally, the MSD of Boone Township will communicate these dates with you on our school website.
If an early dismissal is called, lunch will be served before the students are dismissed.
The following dismissal times will be used:
* Hebron High School will dismiss at 12:35 p.m.
* Hebron Middle School will dismiss at 12:40 p.m.
* Hebron Elementary School will dismiss at 1:05 p.m.
* Hawks Club after school care will remain open for currently enrolled students.
Parents are encouraged to pick their child(ren) up as soon as possible.
If your child is a bus rider, expect them to be dropped off two hours prior to their normal drop off time.
Make sure that a trusted adult is at home when your child arrives home early.
Please make sure your child’s information is updated with their teacher on where they should be if an Early Dismissal is called.
Resources for Emergency Closings and Delays
In the event of inclement weather or other conditions, notifications regarding delays and closures may be obtained from the following:
School Messenger Notification System:
Parents can control what numbers are contacted in an emergency through Harmony. Please ensure that your contact information is updated.
There are two options:
* School Hours Emergency Notification
* Non-School Hours Emergency Notification
Call the school’s main phone number (219) 996-4771 and press 3 for cancellations and delays.
MSD of Boone Township Website: Information will be posted at the top of each page; please make sure to refresh your web browser each time you check.
WAKE (1500 am), INDIANA (105.5 fm), WZVN (107.1 fm), WXRD (103.9 fm), WONU (89.7 fm), WJOB (1230 am) WGN Radio (720 am) and WBBM (780 am).
Some of the stations will have a banner scrolling at the bottom of the screen: CBS (Channel 2), NBC (Channel 5), ABC (Channel 7), WGN (Channel 9), FOX (Channel 32), CLTV, and Lakeshore Public TV.
Emergency Closing Center
Go to www.emergencyclosingcenter.com to view the status of each school.
Go to www.cancellations.com
Enter our Zip Code 46341