The Perkiomen Valley School District recognizes that as we work to assure the safety of all of our students and staff, winter weather emergencies caused by snow and ice may cause such disruptions in school operations including school closings, delayed openings and early dismissals.
Our administration realizes that the decision to open or close schools in bad weather or emergency situations has a big effect on families. While it is always our intent to serve students in school, our top priority is the safety of our students and staff in school and on the way to and from school.
The decision to open or close schools in the Perkiomen Valley School District in bad weather is based on a careful analysis of all relevant information. The Superintendent is responsible for the final decision, but her assessment is based on recommendations from the Director of Operations & Transportation and other information such as: Information on road conditions from operations staff and from local police. We must give careful consideration to the most dangerous roads in the district. The Perkiomen Valley School District encompasses a total of 26 square miles in six different municipalities. The streets in your neighborhood might be cleared of snow and ice, but the roads somewhere else in the district may be quite dangerous.
The decision must be made by 5:30 a.m. (or earlier if possible) so the district can notify radio and television stations and post the decision on the web site. If a later decision would be made to announce a school closing, some parents will have already left for work, leaving their children unsupervised.
It is difficult to reverse the decision about opening schools without endangering students, even if weather conditions worsen. Once the decision is made to open the schools, parents rely on it and leave for work. Many students will return to unsupervised bus stops and empty houses if students are sent right back home. An early dismissal could occur if conditions worsen during the school day, but all possible attempts will be made to give adequate notice to parents first.
Although the district staff does our absolute best through this process, no perfect decision exists. If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school, we advise you to use your best judgment on whether he or she should attend. Also, we also would advise parents to discourage teenagers from driving in bad conditions and offer them alternatives if weather conditions worsen.
Click here for information about transportation to non-public schools.
Information on school closings, delayed openings, or early dismissals due to inclement weather and other emergencies will be announced via the following sources:
Children who normally ride the bus will take the bus home on early dismissal days. In general, you can expect your child’s bus to arrive home by estimating the amount of time it usually takes for the bus to arrive home after dismissal, and applying it to the new dismissal time. For example, if your elementary school child typically arrives at his bus stop at 3:45 p.m. on a regular school day, that is one half-hour past dismissal time. If elementary schools dismiss at 12:15 p.m., your child would arrive home at 12:45 p.m. Please keep in mind that this would be an estimate – road conditions and other issues may delay buses. Parents should be prepared with a back-up child care plan (if appropriate) that can be put in place in the event of an early dismissal.
Community Education Classes are cancelled when there is an early dismissal or if our schools are closed due to inclement weather.
Traditional or Virtual “Snow” Day?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved the use of Flexible Instructional Days (FID) as an alternate form of instruction in response to inclement weather or other emergencies. On a FID day, instruction will be virtual. FID assist schools in meeting the required 180 student days. PA Schools may use up to five (5) FID per school year.
After utilizing all three (3) built-in inclement weather days, the District may implement Flexible Instructional Days (FID) to provide meaningful instruction to students.
Learn more about FID here and in the FAQs below:
Attendance – the action or state of being present at a place or event
Participation – the action of taking part in something
Students must have their camera turned on to receive credit for attendance in classes
Elementary Student Schedule
Synchronous Portion: 8:40 – 12:15 pm
Lunch Break: 12:15 – 1:00 pm
Asynchronous Portion: 1:00 – 3:15 pm
Kindergarten Student Schedule
AM K Synchronous Portion: 8:40 – 10:20 am
AM K Asynchronous Portion: 10:35 – 12:15 pm
PM K Synchronous Portion: 10:35 – 12:15 pm
PM K Asynchronous Portion: 8:40 – 10:20 am
*NO K+ Programming on FIDs
Secondary Student Schedule
Period 1: 7:50 – 8:18 am
Period 2: 8:22– 8:50 am
Period 3: 8:54 – 9:25 am
Period 4/5/6: 9:29 – 9:56 am
Period 6/7/8: 10:00 – 10:27 am
Period 9: 10:31 – 10:58 am
Period 10: 11:02 – 11:30 am
Lunch Break: 11:30 – 12:15 pm
12:15 – 2:30 pm
Provided below are some FAQs and their answers to help you understand how we work with our bus contractor, STA, to get students home or to school safely on inclement weather days.
When the Perkiomen Valley School District (PVSD) is closed due to inclement weather, no transportation will be provided to any public, non-public, special education or other non-PVSD school students in or out of the district.
If the Perkiomen Valley School District has a delayed opening or early dismissal due to bad road conditions and/or inclement weather within the district, transportation to any public, non-public or special education school, both in or out of this district, will be adjusted by the same amount of time.
Transportation for students attending non-PVSD schools shall be coordinated with the early dismissal times of the school district in which the non-PVSD school is located.
No transportation will be provided to any public, non-public or special education school where the local public school district is closed due to bad road conditions and/or inclement weather in the district, even though PVSD may be open.
We will honor the dismissal times at the non-PVSD school and provide transportation.
PVSD will not transport students to any non-PVSD school until it has confirmation that the school is open and prepared to receive students.
PVSD transportation will follow their regular schedule and transport your child to his/her non-PVSD school.
The district does not provide transportation for students to non-PVSD schools when the district is closed due to poor road conditions or inclement weather.
FYI: The Board authorizes the use of video and audio recording on school buses and school vehicles in accordance with Perkiomen Valley School District Policy 810.2.