School Closing / Winter weather information
New in 2016-17, you can sign up for school delay / closing information at BCLUW through a system called "GovDelivery" that the state of Iowa has contracted with for services to Iowa schools and other governmental agencies. With GovDelivery, you can sign up to receive notifications through email or text message.
You can sign up for the service HERE. Use the drop-down menu to choose either email or text message for notifications . When selecting options, choose "BCLUW School District" (you will also later see options for the elementary, middle school, and high school. We may use those building-based notices in the future, but not at this time)
School Closing Information
Weather conditions can be unpredictable, especially during the winter. The following are guidelines that will be followed in making these decisions. When bad weather threatens - As early as possible, weather and road condition information will be gathered from various sources and through personal inspection by school personnel. BCLUW's transportation director and superintendent check road conditions throughout the district, share information, and typically prepare a recommendation prior to 6:30 AM. The superintendent then notifies various media.
Start, delay or cancel? How we decide - The safety of students and employees is the overriding deciding factor. We are sensitive to the needs of working parents who try to minimize the time students may be home without supervision. When we cancel or delay, all preschool through grade 12 programs are included. Information regarding extra-curricular activities is announced separately. When we delay start times: Typically, a morning delay is two hours. Whenever BCLUW’s classes are delayed, there will be no morning preschool class and no breakfast will be served.
Why we would decide to dismiss early: If very dangerous weather (freezing rain or a blizzard) develops or is imminent, or unique circumstances (power outage or breakdown of a heating system) threaten student safety, an early dismissal will be announced. Children normally transported on buses will be returned by bus according to the early dismissal schedule unless other arrangements have been previously made and communicated to your child’s teacher and/or school.
IMPORTANT - IT IS CRITICAL DURING BAD WEATHER THAT TELEPHONE LINES TO THE SCHOOL BE KEPT OPEN FOR EMERGENCIES. Please try to avoid calling your child’s school to ask about delays or closing. Instead, please check the following media, or use the new "GovDelivery" system described at the top of this page. Unless you see or hear an official announcement, assume school is running as usual.
Announcements will be made on the KFJB (AM-1230), KDAO (AM-1190), KXIA (FM- 101.1) radio stations, KCCI (Channel 8), KWWL (Channel 7), and WHO (Channel 13) television stations.
Emergency (hard surface) bus routes (hard surface route schedule HERE). If we use emergency routes in the morning, we will also use emergency routes in the afternoon. Generally, if the county has placed an embargo on gravel roads, we will be using emergency routes. At other times if we feel snow and soft, wet conditions of the gravel roads are a safety concern, we will use the emergency routes.
What you can do to assure your child’s comfort and safety: the superintendent and transportation director decide whether school will be in session. However, it is your decision whether you want your child to attend that day, and we are aware that road conditions can vary by location across counties and the school district. Have alternate child care plans in place that are well understood by your children. Should they go to a neighbor’s house? Will a baby-sitter or another approved person pick them up? Do they have a key for the house and know how to reach you? Know and post the school’s start and end times.