Weather Closing/Delay FAQs

  • The BASD Context for Weather Related Decisions:

    • 22 schools plus a Transportation Facility, Maintenance Facility and the District Office. All buildings and parking lots must be cleared of snow for a safe school opening.
    • 125 buses travel over 6,000 cumulative miles per day carrying 9,000 students. The first buses roll out of the Transportation facility as early as 6:15 a.m.
    • 5,000+ students are "walkers" and do not receive bus transportation to school.

    When the forecast calls for snow, several factors are monitored:

    • Multiple weather services are monitored and their various forecasts analyzed to determine the most likely snow scenario.
    • Timing of the storm - the potential impact on transportation and the school day is considered.
    • Amount of snow forecast - If there is a "plowable" (4 or more inches) snowfall, BASD needs seven hours to clear all 25 district buildings/facilities and parking lots. Additionally, snow must be cleared from the roofs of all 125 buses, a process that takes several hours.
    • Type of snow forecast - light snow, wet snow, freezing rain, etc. create different types of challenges in clearing parking lots and sidewalks.
    • Condition of the roads - As needed, BASD communicates with local municipalities on the condition of the roads and the status of their plowing operations. BASD employees drive the roads during the overnight hours to assess conditions.
    • Condition of the sidewalks - BASD employees also assess the condition of neighborhood sidewalks for the 5,000+ walkers to traverse. Dangerous sidewalks encourage walkers to walk on plowed streets, creating dangerous conditions.
    • Conditions after the storm - temperatures and wind chills after the storm impact the speed of clean up operations, effectiveness of de-icing/salting and the condition of the roads.

    Based on an assessment of all of the above factors, a decision to delay the start of school or to close school is made by 5 a.m. allowing adequate time to notify the BASD community.

    When the forecast calls for dangerously cold temperatures, several factors are monitored:

    • If the National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Advisory, wind chill temperatures are forecast to reach -15 degrees.
    • Timing of the Wind Chill Advisory
    • Conditions after the Wind Chill Advisory ends
    • If a Wind Chill Advisory is issued and forecasts -15 degree temperatures, a 2-hour delay will be considered.
    • If a Wind Chill Advisory or Warning is issued and forecasts -20 degree temperatures or worse and the Advisory/Warning is in effect throughout the school day, a school closure will be considered.
    • When temperatures drop to dangerously low levels, consideration is given to the 5,000+ student walkers. Additionally, consideration is given to potential mechanical issues with some of the 125 buses and the corresponding potential of students experiencing long wait times at bus stops.
Last Modified on July 7, 2020