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Prescott, Prescott Valley school districts avoid snow day due to holiday; procedures in place for upcoming storms

Kenna Teagan, from Phoenix, makes a snow angel with her parents at Lynx Lake Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 in the Prescott National Forest. The lake received about 3 inches of snow overnight from the fast moving storm. More snow is expected from a stronger storm on Thursday into Friday this week. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Kenna Teagan, from Phoenix, makes a snow angel with her parents at Lynx Lake Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 in the Prescott National Forest. The lake received about 3 inches of snow overnight from the fast moving storm. More snow is expected from a stronger storm on Thursday into Friday this week. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

If you have kids, or work, in the Prescott or Prescott Valley district schools, it’s likely you are linked into the parent and staff portals and get needed information about events, emergencies, and snow days, via text, email or phone call.

If you are not so connected, Prescott Unified and Humboldt Unified School district leaders keep their websites – www.prescottschool.com or www.humboldtunified.com – updated with snow information on their main page. Area news media will also provide up-to-date information related to school closings and delays on their websites and channels.

Both districts have similar policies related to school closings and two-hour delays based on conditions.

District leaders are also clear that parents are the first line of defense, and know the neighborhoods where they live. If travel is particularly treacherous, parents can make the decision about whether or not it is safe for a student to go to school even if there is just a delay. School buses do provide transportation on delayed schedules. Extracurricular after-school sports and activities are decided based on weather conditions so families should monitor the websites and Facebook pages for their schools and district.

In both districts, if there is a snow delay, no before-school breakfast will be provided. Shorter class periods will be held throughout the school day with a routine afternoon release.

As for early dismissals, both districts assure that is for absolute emergencies, and in those cases, parents are advised to come to the school to pick up their children.

School leaders dodged making any closing or delay decisions on Monday as it is Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday. They might not be so lucky later in the week when weather folks predict the area could be blanketed with more snow. So stay tuned to the weather stations and be prepared.

Both Prescott and Humboldt maintain a list of procedures for public review.

For more information, Prescott Unified recommends contacting the school or district office at 928-445-5400. In Humboldt, the contact person is Assistant Superintendent of Operations Cole Young who can be reached at 928-759-4000 or via email: cole.young@humboldtunified.com

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