As we begin the New Year, the safety and well-being of our students continues to be our number one priority. With the cold weather upon us, it is a good time to review school procedures for Delayed Openings, Early Releases, and School Closings.
In the event of a delayed opening, early release, or school closing due to inclement weather or emergency, the following procedures will be followed:
- Our school website www.saintleothegreatschool.com will include notification of delayed opening, early dismissal and/or emergency closing.
- A detailed School Messenger notification will be sent to parents’ emergency numbers. Please keep Genesis contact information updated.
Please DO NOT call the Parish Center or School.
In September, all parents receive an emergency form that must be completed and returned to the school office. Please remember that during an emergency dismissal, it is difficult to get through on the phone lines to the school. You may not be able to change your child’s/children’s route home at the last minute. Sometimes, the buses leave before you have the opportunity to get through to the school. Please talk to your child regarding emergency plans so that they are aware of their route home. Our first concern is the safety of the children should an emergency arise.
Saint Leo the Great School has students that reside in multiple public school districts. The public school districts determine whether or not buses will run during inclement weather. Saint Leo’s Administration must consider multiple school district busing schedules when determining whether to have a delayed opening, early release or school closing.
Many public school districts have delayed openings and busing schedules are determined by those districts. Therefore, if the local public school district is on a 90 minute delayed opening, students attending Saint Leo’s from that district will be picked up 90 minutes later than normal scheduled time. Students who are late due to this type of bus delay are not marked tardy. Parents must listen to their respective local radio stations or contact their home districts to ascertain this information.
In certain cases of inclement weather, Saint Leo’s will run a delayed opening schedule. On delayed openings, students must not be dropped off at school earlier than the stated time. In the event that a district’s schedule (and therefore, its transportation) does not coincide with Saint Leo’s schedule, it is the responsibility of the parents and student to make the necessary, realistic effort for him/her to attend school.
In the event that a public school district is closed in which a student resides, but Saint Leo the Great School is open, it is the responsibility of parents to transport those students to and from school when there is no bus service.
Thank you for your help during these situations.