District Announces Procedures for “Snow Day Late Start”
What is a “Snow Day Late Start?”
On rare occasions Provo City receives an exceptionally heavy nighttime snow. If the storm prevents school bus service, parents driving their students to school, and employees safely getting to school on time, the Superintendent declares a “Snow Day Late Start.” If a “Snow Day Late Start” is announced, all school start times and bus times will be moved forward exactly two hours.
How will I know that a “Snow Day Late Start” has been declared?
The decision to begin school two hours late due to a major snowstorm will be reported to the local television media and the Provo School District will post a web announcement at www.provo.edu no later than 6:00 am.
What action do I take if a “Snow Day Late Start” is declared?
If a “Snow Day Late Start” is announced, all school start times and bus times will be moved forward exactly two hours. Thus, school will begin at 10:40 am. If your bus pickup is at 8:00 am, your bus will arrive at the pickup location at 10:00 am. School dismissal times will remain at 3:20 pm. Monday through Thursday and at 1:30 pm on Fridays. Therefore, the school day is shortened by two hours.
How common are “Snow Day Late Start” alerts?
Winter snow in Utah is common, and parents expect schools to be open even in inclement weather. Therefore, “Snow Day Late Start” alerts are rare and occur only if a major storm occurs at night and continues until morning. Storms that occur in the early evening and end by midnight will not trigger a “Snow Day Late Start” alert since road crews and custodians will have sufficient time to clear roads, sidewalks and lots.
Again, “Snow Day Late Start” alerts are for major storms that deliver heavy snow (at least 10 inches) at a critical time after midnight. Moderate snowfall during the night will not trigger an alert and school will begin on the normal schedule. As always, parents can choose to keep their children home if they feel local conditions are not safe for travel. If that is the case, please call the attendance hotline 801-374-4911 and leave a message letting the school know if your student will be late or absent due to the snow.