School Closure Procedures
Parents & Guardians,
In the event of inclement weather or other events that necessitate school closure, the following procedures will be implemented in the district. Please know our decision of whether to close school will always be based upon the safety of students and staff. We must consider different regions in the district and multiple sources of data to track storms or other concerns.
Health & Safety Closures
When health and safety issues require closure we will work with local and state authorities to make decisions that are compliant with the Centers for Disease Control and the Arkansas Department of Health. Crisis learning at home will maintain the same rigor of a blended school day and the full complement of state standards.
Inclement Weather Closures
When inclement weather is a concern, we dispatch school officials throughout the district to drive the roads in order to gain a full understanding of as many location conditions as possible. We begin this work as early at 2:30 am so we can make a decision by 5:30 a.m. If a decision can be announced earlier, we will do so.
In the event of inclement weather, Bentonville Schools may need to run limited bus routes. If limited bus routes are necessary, the route pick-up and drop-off times will be posted on the Bentonville Schools website: www.bentonvillek12.org School cancellation will immediately be posted on our social media channels. In addition, local news outlets and the Benton County Emergency Management Agency will be notified.
Please know we have handbook procedures that allow me, as the Superintendent, along with our Transportation Director, Principal and Athletic Director to allow extracurricular practices if all four parties agree conditions are safe. If extracurricular practices are allowed, communication will be directed from the Athletic Director to the coaches before students or parents are notified. Practices during inclement weather days will not be mandatory.
Please know we will always try to make decisions with your child’s best interest in mind. We appreciate your support and welcome any questions.Dr. Debbie Jones, Superintendent