Published on January 9, 2020
The Warwick School District would like to remind parents of the communication procedures in place should a schedule change occur due to inclement weather.
Parents should check the following Warwick channels for morning decision information:
Warwick Facebook page
Warwick Twitter page
Typically, these decisions are made before 6 a.m.
If the District needs to notify families of a two-hour delay or morning closure of school, Warwick will NOT send out a phone alert to families. Phone alerts are used only to communicate emergency information and/or early dismissals announced during a school day.
To receive an email notification the morning these events take place sign up for Warwick’s Fast News email alert system. Schedule changes and any other important information will be sent directly from the district. Fast News will send out a notification almost immediately after the announcement is made by the District.
The announcement of school delays or closings will be reported on the following local radio and television stations:
•FUN FM 101.3
•WARM FM 103.3
•WDAC FM 94.5
•WJTL FM 90.3
•WITF FM 99.9
During school hours, in the event of an early dismissal or other emergency, parents will be alerted by phone via Blackboard Connect. An early dismissal or any other important information that impacts students/families during the school day will be communicated in this way.
How does the District decide whether to delay/close school?
According to Warwick Superintendent, Dr. April Hershey, "In making decisions related to weather and our school schedule, student and staff safety is priority #1. The district utilizes information from a wide variety of sources in making these difficult decisions, including weather professionals, township and borough road crews, local emergency management, local law enforcement, neighboring school districts, and personal experiences with driving around the district to experience conditions firsthand. Timing in decision-making is critical; morning calls must be made by 5:30 a.m. to provide sufficient notice for bus contractors and building and grounds staff to ensure our facilities are ready for students and staff. In determining an early dismissal, a decision must be made by 10:30 a.m. for similar reasons, so buses can be ready to get students home safely, and our facilities are safe for buses to pick up our students. We also think specifically of our student drivers when making weather-related decisions. We recommend that families have a ‘Plan B’ if you do not wish for your student driver to be on the road when school is in session. We thank you for your support and patience as the weather is often difficult to predict."