Weather Delay Schedules
In general, Wyoming Seminary’s guidelines in response to winter weather will be that if the Valley is functioning – meaning that a majority of businesses and offices are open – we will try to stay open. While roughly half of kindergarten through eighth-grade students arrive on public school district transportation, there may be days when the Lower School deans decide to open (usually with a delay), leaving it up to parents to bring their children to school. This decision should be based on the parent's own logistical imperatives and judgment on the hazards of driving in their particular locality.
The residential areas for Wyoming Seminary students varies greatly in terms of local weather effects and the road infrastructure. Sometimes it may be snowing in Mountain Top, while it is raining in Kingston. Parents must be the primary judge of personal safety and the advisability of driving in their particular conditions. Parents and students may be confident that when the Lower School is open with a significant number of students absent for weather-related reasons, no students will be penalized for testing or new material missed, any more than they would be for illness.
If your school district’s buses are on a delayed-opening schedule, your child will be expected to arrive in accordance with your district’s announced time, whether or not she or he rides the bus. If you wish to drive your child to school, however, we ask that you listen to road condition reports and use your own discretion.
For prompt notification of delays, parents should always check Sem’s homepage where they will see school delay information. Although school delay information should be announced on local radio and television stations no later than 7:00 a.m., this method is the least reliable.
If your school district closes its schools due to inclement weather, your child will not be expected in school even if we are open. Once again, if you wish to transport your child in this situation, do so at your own discretion. If our school is closed, the announcement will be made on Sem’s homepage and on radio and TV before 6:45 a.m.
When we are contacted by a school district about an early dismissal, parents of children who ride the bus may expect their children to be dismissed when their bus arrives. Students who do not ride the bus but whose district is closing early may be picked up by their parents at the early dismissal time as well. Of course, as in any emergency weather situation, if parents feel that driving conditions are hazardous in their area, they may come for their children at their discretion.
We will determine the Lower School’s closing time based on the time that the last school district closes. When this time is determined, we will post it on Sem’s homepage. Parents of students who do not ride a school bus should pick up their children by this time. Aftercare charges will go into effect, once the school has officially closed, for any children who are still in the Lower School building. The Dean of the Lower School will run Aftercare until all students are picked up.
During the wintery months, please check our homepage frequently during the day for any anticipated early dismissals. If you plan to change your child’s usual pick-up procedure during an early dismissal, please send a note to the classroom teacher to let them know. When sending a note regarding this change, please discuss these new instructions with your child.
Parents do not need to come into the building. A teacher will be stationed at the glass foyer and will call the office. The office will then send your child out to meet you.
Please remember that we are doing our best in a unique situation in which we are dependent upon individual school districts. We urge parents not to call the school during this time: our phone lines must be open for school districts to call us. Parents may rely on prompt notification by checking Sem’s homepage.