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Weather, Safety, Security and School Alerts

Due to the pandemic, school districts have the option to transition to remote learning in the event of a weather-related closure. As a District, we plan to use this option and count those days toward our yearly instructional hours. So for this year, snow days equal remote days. 

The Superintendent will make the decision to transition to a remote day, delay the start time, or dismiss classes early if conditions are deemed dangerous to students and staff. This decision is reached based on input from the transportation manager, the Director of Facilities, the City of Ames, local meteorologists and online weather resources, and other school superintendents.

We will announce school cancellations or delays in school start times as early as possible, but no later than 6 a.m.

Parents or guardians may choose to keep their children at home if they are concerned about weather conditions. They must notify the school.

How to find out about school closings and delays:

  • We will send text alerts to parents and guardians. Please make sure your Infinite Campus account is set to receive text and email messages, and voice messages if you prefer. You can check your settings by logging into your Infinite Campus account and navigate to Contact Preferences in the left side Index.

  • Check the blue alert banner at the top of the District website home page.

  • Check local television, radio stations, and news websites. We will report closures and delays to all local media, including the Ames Tribune.

  • District social media channels – Facebook and Twitter.

What does remote learning look like on a snow day?

Instruction will be similar to what is being delivered during remote learning, with the exception of those students who are still coming into the building. No students will report to the school buildings on a snow day. All instruction will be delivered through remote learning. Teachers for those students will reach out with a plan for that day. 

What are the expectations for students? 

Students will engage in learning, and attendance will be taken, in a manner similar to what is being done for remote learning. 

Will meal pick up still be available on a snow day? 

Yes, meal pick up will be available on a snow day unless the district communicates that it is canceled due to impassable roads.


It is more likely to have a remote learning snow day than a two-hour late start. But in the event that a two-hour late start is needed, we have provided that information below. All buildings follow a flat two-hour start delay and early dismissal schedule. 

Two-hour start delay

  • No morning preschool or Early Kindergarten classes.
  • K – 5: starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Middle School: starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • High School: starts at 9:50 a.m.

Two-hour early dismissal

  • No afternoon preschool or early kindergarten classes.
  • K – 5: dismissal 1:10 p.m.
  • Middle School: dismissal 12:40 p.m.
  • High School: dismissal 12:30 p.m.
  • No afternoon or evening activities.

The Ames Community School District is committed to the safety of our students, staff, and visitors. We have a plan in place for safety, security and responses to emergencies and disasters. We post our plan in every building and classroom.

Coordination with local agencies

We coordinate our response to a crisis with local public safety agencies, such as the Ames Police and Fire Departments, the Story County Sheriff and Emergency Management Agency, and area hospitals.

Communication

The Director of Communications manages the information given to the community and to media to ensure it is accurate, consistent and serves to enhance the response to the situation.

We provide information to parents and guardians about the situation, dismissal procedures, and procedures for reuniting families with students. The methods we use to get in touch with parents and guardians may vary, depending on the nature of the situation.

  • We will use Infinite Campus to send text message alerts that are followed up with email messages to subscribed parents and guardians.
  • If appropriate to the situation, we will post alerts on the District website and distribute them to the media.

What parents and guardians can do to help:

  • Subscribe to Infinite Campus to get timely information by text and email. Follow the instructions you receive in any message you receive from the District.
  • For the safety of your child, please do not call or come to the school during a crisis. Please wait for instructions and updates.
  • Attend the information meetings your school provides about safety and responses to crisis.
  • Make a habit of singing in and out at the school office, greeting the office staff, and wearing a visitor’s badge.
  • Report any unusual persons, behavior, activity or objects in the buildings or on the school grounds.
  • High school will start at 9:50 a.m. and dismiss at 3:05 p.m.
  • Elementary students will start at 10:30 a.m. and dismiss at 3:30 p.m.
  • No morning Early Kindergarten classes
  • Afternoon Early Kindergarten class will start at 12:15 p.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.

 

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