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Ontario School District

School Closures/Delays

School Closures / Cierre de las Escuelas

 
In case of emergencies or inclement weather/En caso de emergencias o mal tiempo
  • For school closure information, visit ktvb.com channel 7, the OSD homepage, and social media accounts.
  • Para informacion del cierre de escuelas visite ktvb.com canal 7 y www.ontario.k12.or.us.

School Closures/Delays

 
School closure/delay notifications are typically posted on the home page of this website before 5:30 a.m. Closure/delay information is also posted on each school's web page. Once a decision has been reached by the superintendent to close/delay school, a phone message will go out via Connect 5 to notify staff, parents and students of the closure/delay. The Connect 5 phone message will typically be delivered prior to 5:30 a.m.

In addition, local media outlets are contacted about closures/delays, including KTVB Channel 7, KBOI Channel 2. School closure/delay information can also be found on the district home page as well as individual school home pages.
 

How Does the District Decide to Close/Delay Schools?

 
When the Ontario School District makes the decision to close or delay schools during inclement weather conditions, the decision is not made lightly. The decision is a team effort between District administration and the District's transportation department. Student safety is the most important factor.

When weather forecasts indicate there will be snow or ice on Ontario roadways, the OSD transportation supervisor and/or operations director hit the roadways at 3:00 a.m. to drive the significant and trickier bus routes in the District to determine if conditions will be safe for students and buses by the time students need to be picked up at bus stops. An assessment of road conditions and a recommendation regarding closure/delay is provided to Superintendent Albisu and a decision to close or delay school is made.

Once a decision has been made, school administrators are contacted and a text message goes out to notify staff, parents, and students by phone of the closure/delay. The District posts the information before 5:30 a.m. on its website. Local media outlets are also contacted to help get the word out.

The decision to close/delay school is not taken lightly. Student safety both to and from bus stops during inclement weather conditions is considered.