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Natrona County School District prepares for inclement weather this upcoming season

The outside of NCSD Central Services
The outside of NCSD Central Services(Haley Roedder)
Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 5:22 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Fall is in the air and if you looked outside Tuesday, you definitely saw some snowfall too. As snowy weather approaches central Wyoming the next few months, the Natrona County School District wants residents to be aware of how they handle inclement weather.

“Inclement weather day, which is a variety of different options, really is the determination of the safety of students and the ability to get students and staff to and from school. So that’s always the primary factor in determining whether or not there will be an inclement weather day,” said Tanya Southerland, the Director of Public Relations for NCSD.

NCSD works with a variety of organizations including the National Weather Service, Natrona County Emergency Management, City of Casper, and WYDOT to monitor conditions. The NCSD inclement weather team starts monitoring weather impacts about 48 hours in advance. The team meets around four in the morning via phone to determine if roads and conditions are safe to resume as normal. If there is an impact on school operations, families are usually notified around 5:30 in the morning.

If staff knows about a possible inclement weather day far enough in advance, a classroom based virtual education day may take place. These virtual days prevent students and staff from making up days at the end of the year.

“We have those resources available for us, those technology resources, so if we can, and its applicable to the particular situation, that’s really why those days are an opportunity for us to continue that education on those inclement weather days for all students,” said Southerland.

NCSD wants to remind parents that safety is the number one priority. If there is inclement weather and your child cannot get to school safely, call the school and submit a parent excused absence.

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