Weather Related Closing Policy | Pantego Christian Academy

Weather Related Closing Policy

We understand that our decision to open, delay or close the Academy in bad weather has a significant effect on our families. We also understand that our students are better served – both academically and socially – by being in school. However, our top priority remains the safety of our students. Below is the process we follow to make those decisions.

HOW DO WE MAKE OUR DECISION?

Please understand that we make the decision to open, delay or close school in bad weather based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors, including the following:

  • Information on road conditions from weather reports and police. Even if your street looks clear, travel elsewhere in our area may be dangerous. Remember that many of our families travel long distances to both of our campuses. Also, we must consider that some high school students drive to school.
  • Amount of snow and ice accumulated.
  • Whether precipitation is continuing.
  • Personal observation. Around 4:00 a.m., an administrator drives several local roads and our parking lots.
  • Weather predictions. We prefer not making our decision based primarily on weather predictions, which are not always accurate. But sometimes this is unavoidable.
  • What other schools are doing. We review both private schools (i.e., Southwest Christian, Oakridge, Montessori Academy, Temple Christian, etc.) as well as Mansfield and Arlington school districts.

HOW ARE THE PCA FAMILIES NOTIFIED?

In addition to announcements on social media and the PCA website, our families will receive a text and an email announcing any closing or delay.  PCA will notify WFAA-TV Channel 8, KTVT Channel 11, KXAS Channel 5, WBAP 820 AM and KLTY 94.9 FM.  Please do not call the school or any teachers.

WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?

If the school closes or delays opening, all activities and programs affected are cancelled for that day and we will attempt to reschedule, if possible. An announcement to close PCA will include both campuses.

WILL WE CLOSE SCHOOL IF CONDITIONS WORSEN?

Sometimes the weather does worsen during the day. Though we cannot totally depend on news and weather reports, we do monitor them closely during bad weather while in school. If conditions worsen during the school day, we will have an early dismissal, but we will seek to give adequate notice to our parents by posting it on our websiteFacebook and Twitter, sending a RenWeb announcement, and contacting WFAA-TV Channel 8, KXAS-TV Channel 5, KTVT Channel 11, WBAP  News/Talk 820 AM and KLTY 94.9 FM.

Although we do our best in this process, we know that often no perfect decision exists. If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best judgment on whether he or she should attend. Also, discourage teenagers from driving in dangerous conditions and offer them alternatives if weather conditions worsen.

We hope this explanation helps everyone understand the process we use to make the best possible decision for all our families.

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