School Delay/Closing Information
SCHOOL CANCELLATION and EARLY DISMISSAL
In the event of school CANCELLATION, Before and After Care (BAC) will be made available for registered students at Pleasant View Elementary UNLESS otherwise noticed by ZCS or by a Boone County “State of Emergency” being declared.
In the event of a midday or other emergency school dismissal, BAC will be provided at the regular school site for registered students UNLESS otherwise noticed by ZCS or by a Boone County “State of Emergency” being announced.
INCLEMENT WINTER WEATHER PROTOCOL FOR UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL
On days when ZCS is cancelled, Universal Preschool and BAC will operate on the regular schedule at one location for the district. That location is Pleasant View Elementary. Door #2 should be used for drop-off. Bus transportation is NOT AVAILABLE ON CANCELLATION DAYS. Your student will need to bring a lunch to school, as ZCS Food Services will be unavailable.
INCLEMENT WINTER WEATHER PROTOCOL FOR DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL
Developmental Preschool is closed when ZCS cancels school for inclement weather such as snow day. If your student also attends Universal Preschool, he/she is welcome to attend a full day of Universal Preschool. Universal Preschool is offered at Pleasant View Elementary in these instances. However, bus transportation is NOT AVAILABLE ON CANCELLATION DAYS. Your student will need to bring a lunch to school, as ZCS Food Services will be unavailable.
UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL WILL NOT OPERATE IF A STATE OF EMERGENCY IS DECLARED IN BOONE COUNTY.
INFORMATION FROM ZCS SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS DR. SCOTT ROBISON
Following is important information for parents about school cancellation communications for the school year, weather "make-up" day logistics, "home rule" decision-making, and more. Hundreds of new families are with us in ZCS this year, and this is all new to them. Otherwise, it is an important refresher for everyone.
PARENTS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION-MAKERS!
When the majority of our buses can traverse roads safely, we'll be in school. However, no central decision can anticipate every condition in all of the two townships of Boone County that ZCS covers. Thus, home rule at your front door is key. I/we respect it greatly.
REAL-TIME E-DAY MAKE-UPS FOR CANCELLED SCHOOL DAYS
When school is cancelled for any reason, our default response is to immediately deploy an e-day during which all students will have remote learning for that day—unless otherwise noted in school communications from the Superintendent or Associate Superintendent for Operations.
On school closure e-days, content will be released by teachers by 9:00AM via Canvas (our learning management system). These e-days are always surprises and planning challenges for our teaching staff, so we default to asynchronous (not live teaching on ZOOM or similar). However, if a grades 5-12 teacher decides to offer some synchronous teaching or check-in on an e-day, they will adhere to the schedule of when the class meets.
We always allow extra time for elementary students to respond to teacher assignments on e-days. This will be spelled out in e-day information. Grades 5-12 have 1:1 computing, so the assignments are due that day, or in accordance with teacher direction.
Should e-days not work out for all missed instructional days that are not waived by the state of Indiana, the superintendent or designee will indicate the required make-up days and their location(s) on the school calendar.
ABOUT SAFETY, NOT MONEY!
Common among misperceptions about school delays and cancellations is that ZCS gets funding based upon attendance on scheduled school days. Not true. We have to be in school a certain number of days (180) by law, but if we have bus or facility concerns about safety, school will be cancelled, period. Our safety nets for buses and facilities are strong, and we plan well, but Mother Nature is fickle and fast acting. My decision to delay, go on time, or to not go to school at all is based foremost on student and staff safety, not money. If my inclement weather decision cannot work where your home is located due to the weather, see #1 above.
Text, voicemail, email, Twitter, Facebook, lnstagram, local television stations (though they don't always share the information timely), and our district webpage www.zcs.k12.in.us/ are the avenues we will use to reach out when there is news that alters the school schedule in any way.
NOTE YOUR CHILD CARE OPTIONS!
Please refer to communications from our GROW division regarding child care options in which you may be enrolled. Generally speaking, all Before and After Care (BAC) sites are open at the regular time on delay days with the exception of Universal Preschool BAC (Preschool BAC is closed on school delays). Eagle Recreation classes are cancelled (in the AM only) on delay days except for KDG Spanish classes which will start at 10:00 am on a two-hour delay day. When school is cancelled, all BAC and pre-school sites consolidate at Pleasant View Elementary and Eagle Recreation is cancelled.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL OF THESE SITES AND PROGRAMS ARE CLOSED IF BOONE COUNTY DECLARES A WEATHER EMERGENCY OR IF WE HAVE REASON TO NOTICE CLOSURE (AS IN POWER OUTAGE, WATER MAIN BREAK, ETC.).
Winter weather is very inconvenient at times, but my/our decisions are about layers of considerations with student safety at the forefront. We do default to a school-is-in-session mindset whenever possible. The ZCS "morning eyes" team and our maintenance "snow plow crew" are always working with our professional transportation staff to ensure safe travels to and from school.
Thank you for choosing the Zionsville Community Schools, and thanks for partnering with us to keep students safe no matter what Mother Nature has in store for us this school year.