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Weather Related Closings

Winter Weather / School Closing information

You can now sign up for school delay / closing information at GMG through the Iowa School Alerts (GovDelivery program) that the state of Iowa has contracted with for services to Iowa schools and other governmental agencies.  You can sign up to receive notifications through email and / or text message.  You can sign up for the service HERE.  When selecting options, choose "GMG School District" and use the drop-down menu to choose either email or text message for notifications (you will also see options for the elementary and secondary.  We may use those building-based notices in the future, but not at this time)
School Closing Information
As we say in Iowa, “If you don’t like the weather, stick around another day; it will probably change.”  Weather conditions can be unpredictable, especially during the winter.  How the GMG School District handles emergency closings and delays, however, should be predictable.  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.  GMG's transportation director and superintendent check road conditions throughout the area, share information, and generally will make a decision prior to 6:30 AM.  The superintendent then notifies the media and enters information into the Iowa School Alerts mass text / email system.    
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.  If there is a two hour delay, there will be no morning preschool, and when there is an announced two hour early dismissal, there will be no afternoon preschool.  Information regarding extra-curricular activities is announced separately.  There will be no Before and After School Day Care when school has been canceled due to weather.
When we delay start times - When information suggests conditions will improve, school will start one or two hours after the normal start time.  The regular start time for GMG is 8:30 AM and regular dismissal is 3:25 PM. 
Why we would decide to dismiss early: We are reluctant to dismiss students early.  If very dangerous weather (such as 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 may be announced.  If early dismissal is determined, the decision will be made as early as possible, and the media will be notified. 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 Iowa School Alerts / GovDelivery system described at the top of this page.  Information is generally available by 6:30 A.M.  Unless you see or hear an announcement, assume school is running as usual.
Announcements will be made through the Iowa School Alerts texting / email system, 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, and those television stations' websites.
Hard Surface bus routes - If GMG buses use hard surface routes in the morning, we will also use them after school. Generally, if the county has placed an embargo on gravel roads, we will be using hard surface only routes.  At other times, if we feel ice and snow, or soft, wet conditions of the gravel roads are a major transportation or safety concern, we will use hard surface only routes.
What you can do to assure your child’s comfort and safety: the superintendent decides whether school will be in session. However, it is your decision as a parent/guardian 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.