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Staff Winter Weather Guidelines 2020-21

South Washington County Schools will follow the criteria in the 2020-21 Winter Weather Plan before deciding to make schedule changes to the school or workday for hazardous winter weather. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Winter Weather Plan includes adjustments for student learning. In most cases, students and educators will shift to distance learning depending on the district learning model. In the event that a “Distance Learning Day” is announced for hazardous winter weather, the following will occur:

  • Hybrid learning model: Students and educators will shift to distance learning
  • Distance learning model: Students and educators will remain in distance learning
  • Virtual Learning Academy: Students and educators will remain in distance learning
  • In-person learning model: Students and educators will shift to distance learning (also known as e-learning in teachers contract)

There may be some rare winter storms that require SoWashCo to enter into a Winter Weather Closure (emergency closure). An emergency closure means all learning activities are canceled and district buildings are closed due to hazardous winter weather.


Essential Employees

Essential Employees are staff members who are required to work regardless of weather conditions to ensure that critical operations continue uninterrupted as stated in employee labor contracts (see summaries below listed under Staff Procedures for Emergency Closings)

Staff Procedures

Winter Weather Closure (emergency closure)

Distance Learning Day

  • All learning activities are canceled and buildings are closed due to wind chill, snow, ice, hazardous roads or other inclement weather conditions.
  •  Essential Employees are required to work, unless notified differently due to unforeseen weather conditions.
  • All other staff will follow emergency closing procedures as outlined in their employee labor contract.
  • Staff who are unable to report to work, should follow the Staff Procedures for Emergency Closings as listed below.

  • All students and educators will shift to distance learning due to wind chill, snow, ice, hazardous roads or other inclement weather conditions
  • Essential Employees are required to work, unless notified differently due to unforeseen weather conditions. 
  • All other staff will follow emergency closing procedures as outlined in their employee labor contract.
  • Building administrators should be prepared to assign work activities to any on-site staff. 
  • Staff who are unable to report to work should follow the Staff Procedures for Emergency Closings as listed below.

After-School Weather Cancellations

  • All staff will carry out their regular duties as required unless a program or activity is impacted as noted in the Winter Weather Plan.
    • Affected staff should follow the Staff Procedures for Emergency Closings as listed below or contact their supervisor.

Staff Procedures for Emergency Closings

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