When weather conditions make travel unsafe, schools may either close for the day, open two hours late with regular bus routes, or open with snow bus routes. Changes to the school schedule are usually announced by 6 a.m. The following methods are used to inform parents, students and staff:
- Phone: Monitor your phone for a call from “School Messenger,” the District’s automated calling system. Calls will be placed to the primary phone number listed in each student’s record.
- Website: Go to www.lagrandesd.org, live updates will be posted here.
- Facebook: Live updates will be posted on La Grande School District's Facebook Page
- Radio: Tune to La Grande radio stations for live updates:
- KUBQ - 98.7 FM KWRL - 102.3 FM
- KCMB – 104.7 FM KLBM - 1450 AM* can operate during power outages
- KOOL – 105.9 FM Urock- 101.1 FM
|School||Hours: Monday Late Start||Hours: Tuesday - Friday||2 Hour Delay Start Time (M-F)|
|Central Elementary||9:10 am - 2:30 pm||8:10 am - 2:30 pm||10:10 am - 2:30 pm|
|Greenwood Elementary||9:05 am - 2:25 pm||8:05 am - 2:25 pm||10:05 am - 2:25 pm|
|Island City Elementary||9:15 am - 2:35 pm||8:15 am - 2:35 pm||10:15 am - 2:35 pm|
|La Grande Middle School||9:20 am - 3:00 pm||8:20 am - 3:00 pm||10:20 am - 3:00 pm|
|La Grande High School||9:20 am - 3:10 pm||8:20 am - 3:10 pm||10:20 am - 3:10 pm|
How are decisions made?
The decision to open, delay or close schools is based on careful analysis of all of the facts available at the time of the decision.
- District administrators closely monitor the weather. Most often, decisions are made in the early morning rather than the night before so that the most current weather conditions and forecasts can factor into the decisions. The District receives several reports, including a report from Mid-Columbia Bus Company, County Roads Department and City of La Grande Public Works to determine the condition of roads throughout the town, Island City, Summerville, as well as county roads to Cove, Union and Imbler.
- We closely monitor National Weather Service reports as well as most up to date radar information available.
- Our District also consults with Eastern Oregon University as well as Intermountain ESD who is in contact with other local school districts for updates on their road conditions, determinations for closure or delays, etc.
- We recognize the impact on family schedules, and will communicate any decision as quickly as possible. In the early morning hours (typically beginning around 4:30 a.m.), District and Mid-Columbia Bus Company staff drive main roads to assess driving and walking conditions.
- All of the above information is compiled and reported to the Superintendent, who will make the decision based on the best available information at that time.
- A decision to delay school two hours may be made in order to allow additional time to monitor weather or allow for weather conditions to improve, permit road crews to plow and treat roads, allow our staff to clear parking lots, clear off sidewalks, sand or treat entry ways, etc. A final decision to close school will be made by 8:00 a.m. if the start of school was initially delayed two hours.
- We understand these decisions disrupt family life and appreciate your patience during these severe weather situations. While we know that our students and families are best served when we are open, our top concern is the safety of our students and staff.
What if the storm begins when children are already at school?
We try, if at all possible, not to dismiss school early due to weather, except in rare extreme weather conditions. Young children will not be dropped off at bus stops without an adult and releasing early is problematic when families are not expecting it. Families may choose to pick up their children early. In most cases staying at school until the regular release time is the safest option.