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Snow/Emergency Closing Info

Parents, please read the following completely to understand the proper emergency/early closing procedures.

When winter weather becomes a reality, what do we do about school?

Many factors enter the decision to close school for the day or close early once we are already in school. The decision to close our school or open later than usual is based on decisions made by the public school districts that are providing transportation. The decision is not taken lightly. Safety of the children waiting at bus stops or on the roads is the primary concern. While finding child care for your child is difficult at the last minute, every parent that has children in school should have a backup plan for child care in the event school is closed and the parent has to be at work.

Since we are located in the Centennial School District, any announcements pertaining to Centennial Schools will apply to Nativity in the event of emergency school closings or early dismissals or late start times. However, someone will remain at school until all students have been picked up or delivered to the C.A.R.E.S. program. Information on the C.A.R.E.S. program can be obtained from their answering machine at (215) 672-5914.

Other announcements by the other school districts will pertain only to their transportation. For example, if Council Rock School District is running two hours late but Centennial is opening on time, Nativity school will open on time but Council Rock buses to school will be two hours late. It is then your decision to have your child take the bus at the adjusted time or provide your own transportation. Half day kindergarten attendance is at the parents’ discretion in the event of a delayed opening. Conversely, if Nativity is opening two hours late but Council Rock is opening on time, their transportation will run at the regular time. It is your decision to use the bus or transport your child at the delayed opening time. Someone will be at school to receive children using the buses that are running at the regular time.

Please listen to KYW radio (1060 am) for the school closing numbers (Nativity#1406/Centennial#753) or listen to/watch Channel 3 (KYW), Channel 6 (WPVI), Fox Philadelphia, Channel 10 (WCAU) for closings listed by name. Each station’s website will also have a school closing link.

We will also put a message on the school answering machine with information about overnight decisions to delay opening or closing for the day. Please dial 215-675-2820 to hear the message.

In addition, we will post a message on the school website (school.noolp.org). As soon as any information is available regarding our status, we will get it posted to the website so you will be informed of the situation (if the internet is cooperating.) Our automated notification system will call your phone numbers of record on MSP with a message regarding school during weather situations provided you have not opted out of receiving this message from the service.

EMERGENCY EARLY DISMISSALS

Our automated notification system will call and/or text the  phone numbers submitted to our student database system, MSP, as soon as we can give you accurate and complete information about the various districts’ decisions to close and transport when conditions deteriorate.

Should you choose to pick up your child instead of their usual bus transportation in the event of an emergency early dismissal, you must come to the office to collect them. Parents may not go to the classroom to take their children home. All students must be signed out in the office. If you need to notify us of a change in your child’s usual transportation, please fax the information to the school office at (215)675-9413 or email Mrs. Johnson at tjohnson@noolp.org. This is for the safety and well being of your child so that we know where they are and who is responsible for their care. Usual car riders will be dismissed at a time announced with the early dismissal information.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE to inquire about the situation so that we can keep the school lines open for calls from the various school districts to inform us of their individual decisions. We do not hear from all the districts at the same time and they do not all make the same decision. We will not release incorrect information based on hearsay. We recommend you do not make a decision based on hearsay either.

We have provided many ways for you to check on the status of the day without tying up our school phone lines. If your phone indicates that Nativity has tried to reach you, please listen to the message first! It is extremely hectic in the school office on these emergency early dismissal days and we cannot take the time to answer your call to give you the same information that was contained in the message you failed to listen to. We hope you understand our need for your cooperation in this matter.

Reminders for parents:

If you are aware that an emergency early dismissal is possible during the school day, please have a conversation with your child before school about after school arrangements or write a note for them about how they should be going home.

No student will be directed by school personnel to call their parents from their cell phone to pick them up due to an early closing. Parents are strongly advised to consult the resources we have provided to verify the status of school rather than a message from their student’s cell phone.

Early Dismissal Procedures

Procedures for Overnight, Emergency and Scheduled Early Dismissals- detailed below

Our automated notification system will be used to send a message regarding school during weather situations provided you have not opted out of receiving this message from the service.

Please do not call the school office to inquire about a weather situation so that we can keep the school lines open for calls from the various school districts to inform us of their individual decisions. We do not hear from all the districts at the same time and they do not all make the same decision.

We will also put a message on the school answering machine with information about overnight decisions to delay opening or closing for the day. Please dial 215-675-2820 to hear the message.

Please use the Parent Portal link on the school website to log in to MSP to update any phone numbers that have changed.  If you have any difficulty with this link, please contact the school office to provide this new updated information.

Overnight Changes to School Hours

The phone numbers listed in MSP (our student database) of school families will be called in the case of an Overnight change in school opening or delays. There will also be information provided to local TV stations (Channel 3, 6, 10, Fox29) by school name, posting on the school website, and a message on the school answering machine and our school Facebook page.

Emergency Early Dismissals (for storms or other situations that create a need for dismissal)

Our automated notification system will call all numbers provided to us through MSP (our student database)  with a message regarding school closing early during weather situations provided you have not opted out of receiving this message from the service.

Should you choose to pick up your child instead of their usual bus transportation in the event of an emergency early dismissal, you must come to the office to collect them. Parents may not go to the classroom to take their children home. All students must be signed out in the office.

If you need to notify us of a change in your child’s usual transportation, please fax the information to the school office at (215) 675-9413 or email Mrs. Trish Johnson (tjohnson@noolp.org).

This is for the safety and well-being of your child so that we know where they are and who is responsible for their care. Usual car riders will be dismissed at a time announced with the early dismissal information.

A Note About Emergency/Early Dismissals:

Many factors enter the decision to close school for the day or close early once we are already in school. The decision to close our school or open later than usual is usually made by the public school district that is providing transportation. The decision is not taken lightly.

Safety of the children waiting at bus stops or on the roads is the primary concern. While finding child care for your child is difficult at the last minute, every parent that has children in school should have a backup plan for child care in the event school is closed and the parent has to be at work.

Since we are located in the Centennial School District, any announcements pertaining to Centennial Schools will apply to Nativity in the event of emergency school closings or early dismissals or late start times. In the event school closes early due to weather, the C.A.R.E.S. program will not be open after school.  All children should be picked up at the school office as directed by the announcement.  Someone will remain at the school until all students have been picked up but there will be no students sent to C.A.R.E.S.

Other announcements by the other school districts will pertain only to their transportation. For example, if Council Rock School District is running two hours late but Centennial is opening on time, Nativity school will open on time but Council Rock buses to school will be two hours late. It is then your decision to have your child take the bus at the adjusted time or provide your own transportation. Half day kindergarten/preschool attendance is at the parents’ discretion in the event of a delayed opening.

Conversely, if Nativity is opening two hours late but Council Rock is opening on time, their transportation will run at the regular time. It is your decision to use the bus or transport your child at the delayed opening time. Someone will be at school to receive children using the buses that are running at the regular time.

Scheduled Early Dismissal Procedure

These Early Dismissal Procedures below are for days when busing is not available for ALL school districts. When busing is not provided by your particular school district, parents are responsible for their child’s transportation on these days. Please consult the the monthly school calendar and weekly newsletters for information on buses for your district’s transportation.

In order to ensure the safety of all our children during early dismissal, and in cooperation with the Warminster Police Department, we ask that you follow these procedures on days for early dismissal when all school districts do not provide buses. We are grateful for everyone’s cooperation as it will assure a quick and safe dismissal for all.

Dismissal times for Kindergarten to 8th grade will be:

11:55 AM — Buses will be called
12:05 PM — Car riders will be called

We cannot stress enough the importance of observing a 5 MPH speed limit in the parking lots AT ALL TIMES to assure the safety of all our children. We would all be devastated should any accident occur involving one of our students in the parking lot because of someone’s inattention or excessive speed.