If the schools of this district must be closed due to inclement weather or other unexpected circumstances, school families and district employees will be notified by telephone via the new Global Connect system. Please note that when the district schools are closed due to severe snow and/or ice conditions, there will be no transportation services for our local students enrolled in out-of-district placements.
Public notification will be available via television, radio, and Internet. If in doubt about whether or not school will be in session, please refer to one of the following broadcast outlets:
|CBS Channel 3||KYW News Radio 1060 AM||Simply check the home page of|
|ABC Channel 6||the emergency closing||this district web site. Closing|
|NBC Channel 10||number for both schools||information will be prominently|
|Fox 29 News||of this district is 820||displayed on the home page.|
Emergency closing information will also be accessible on the phone system of each school building. Simply dial after 6:00 AM on inclement weather days—if schools must be closed or will experience a delayed opening, the initial greeting will include a recorded message about the circumstances.
In the event of other emergencies not related to weather that might require the schools to close or be evacuated during the school day, all district staff will follow the steps outlined in the Board-approved Crisis Management Plan to ensure the safety and well-being of all children in the schools. The Crisis Management Plan may be reviewed at the Office of the Superintendent at Harrison Township Elementary School, 120 N. Main Street, Mullica Hill, NJ during regular school hours.
It is very
important that every family discuss and practice a plan for their
child(ren) in the event of an unexpected school closing when the parents
might be delayed in arriving home, i.e., having the child report directly to
the home of a trusted neighbor, etc.
To provide more specific information about school closing
during inclement weather, the following letter has
been distributed to all school families:
Dear Parents / Guardians:
The winter season is upon us, and with it comes the possibility of inclement weather affecting school opening. We understand that our decision to open or close schools in bad weather has a big impact on families. We also understand that our students are better served by being in school. However, our top priority is the safety of our students.
How do we make school closing decisions?
The decision to open or close the schools in bad weather is based on a careful analysis of all the relevant factors, including:
►Road conditions throughout the Township
►Amount of snow and ice
►Whether precipitation is expected to continue
►Parking lot and sidewalk conditions at the schools
►Temperatures and wind chill factors
►School closing decisions by other surrounding districts
Who makes the decision?
The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for the final decision, based on the above factors and input from the transportation and facilities departments, and collaboration with surrounding school Superintendents.
When is the decision made?
The decision is typically
made between 5:00 - 5:30 AM.
How is the public notified?
You will be notified by a direct phone call from the Superintendent, using the Global Connect calling system.
The school district website (www.harrisontwp.k12.nj.us) is the next best source of information on school closing and delayed openings; once a decision is made, the information is posted almost immediately on the website. The notice is also posted on the local TV stations.
What are the procedures during a delayed opening?
In the event of a delayed opening when the school schedule is delayed two hours, all bus routes are delayed by two hours:
Pleasant Valley School opens at 9:50 AM
Harrison Township School opens at 10:30 AM
* AM Kindergarten and AM Pre-School Handicapped programs are cancelled
Bus routes will begin two hours later than normal, except for mid-day runs, which remain the same.
In the event of a delayed opening when the school schedule is delayed one hour, all bus routes are delayed by one hour:
Pleasant Valley School opens at 8:50 AM
Harrison Township School opens at 9:30 AM
* AM Kindergarten will be in session from 9:30 AM to 11:20 AM
* AM Pre-School Handicapped program will be in session 9:30 AM to 11:45 AM
* PM Kindergarten will be in session from 12:40 to 3:10 PM
* PM Pre-School Handicapped program will be in session 12:40 to 3:00 PM
What about early closings?
Every effort is made to keep the students in school for their full day once they arrive. If conditions are severe and warrant an early closing, the information will be on the district website and posted on TV stations. In addition, parents/guardians will be notified by a direct phone call through Global Connect. Be sure the district has your current contact telephone numbers. Every family should discuss a plan with their children in regard to what they should do in the event they arrive home before the parent/guardian.
In conclusion, please remember that the decision to close school or delay openings due to inclement weather is based on the best information available at the time that the decision is made; however, we can never be sure how the weather will affect a particular area. If you do not feel that it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best judgment. During inclement weather, school buses have the best safety record; therefore, we encourage parents not to drive their children to and from school on snowy days, but to use our school transportation.