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MCSD releases weather delay procedures

District to use Skylert messaging for updates

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County School District revealed its protocols this week for determining when to close or delay the start of the school day or to dismiss students early due to inclement weather.

In a letter posted to the district’s website, MCSD Chief Operations Officer Vance Varner said that the district makes every effort to reach a decision the night before the effected day when possible.

“Obviously, we cannot control the weather systems, so we cannot always do this the night before,” Varner wrote. “We try to have all weather-related decisions made no later than 5:30 a.m. the morning of school.”

Varner said the factors to be weighed in determining whether to adjust the school schedule will include current road, weather or forecasted conditions and also cautioned parents and students that MCSD won’t necessarily mirror the schedules of neighboring school districts.

Varner said the district will provide updates using the Skylert messaging system and will post the information on the MCSD website (www.mcsdk12.org) and report it to local radio stations. He also asked parents to refrain from calling the school seeking information about whether school is delayed or canceled.

For a two-hour delay, Varner said buses will arrive two hours later than normal and that lunch would be served, but not breakfast. For a three-hour delay, buses will arrive three hours later than normal and, again, lunch will be served, but not breakfast.

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