Inclement Weather Policy
We understand that on days with serious inclement weather if Montgomery School is open on a regular schedule, students may be late due to traffic conditions, because of public school closings or delays. If your school district is closed, the district buses will not be running and you will be responsible for providing transportation for your child. If your school district bus is delayed, your child’s bus will be running late. Conditions around the area can vary greatly. Please use your own best judgment regarding your child’s transportation in these cases. These situations will not count as an absence. However, please notify the School at ext. 211, or email email@example.com, if your child will not be at school that day. Contact your school district for their school closing number and media list that will provide you with information regarding school delays or closings.
In the event of a delayed opening, a modified PreK schedule will be in effect for those enrolled in half day PreK. The modified AM PreK schedule is from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM in the case of a school morning delay.
During the School Day
In the event of potential bad weather during the school day, please pay attention to the weather either through the television, radio, or media websites. If it is clear that we need to call an early dismissal, you will be contacted through our emergency notification system on the information that you provided. Early dismissal will also be listed on the television stations (WPVI-TV Channel 6, FOX News Channel 29 and NBC Channel 10), radio stations (KYW1060 AM, our School identification number is 879) and the following media websites: 6ABC.com, NBC10.com and KYW1060.com. You will be able to view it under Montgomery School’s name or in the case of KYW Radio 1060; code number 879. In the event of an early dismissal, the Afternoons Program will be cancelled. We ask that you promptly pick up your child at the early dismissal time reported that day. We will also post information on the homepage of our website.
In the event that your school district calls an early dismissal and Montgomery School would remain open, we have no control over busing decisions for early dismissals. We have nine school districts that bus children to Montgomery School. Each district makes its own decisions regarding early dismissals and they sometimes make different decisions, often with little notice to us.
In order to safely dismiss the children, we must put them on the school bus if they are assigned to ride the bus for that day. It is your responsibility to know what your child’s school district is doing if they take the bus. See the list of school codes for KYW Radio below. Please make a plan with your child in the event that you will not be home on such an occasion. (Note: children cannot ride on a school bus other than the one to which they are assigned.) Bus Codes: 879 Montgomery School, 852 Coatesville, 876 Downingtown, 855 Great Valley, 857 Phoenixville, 308 Spring-Ford, 854 Tredyffrin/Easttown, 851 West Chester.
Please do not call the school to find out if children are being sent home early, as that will only tie up the same phone lines that are needed to inform the radio stations, bus drivers, and other essential personnel. Smoothly-run procedures are essential to the health and welfare of our children, and these depend upon the phone system being available during such emergencies. We also ask that the children not contact you directly in the event of an early dismissal. The information that they give you may be incorrect or incomplete and may cause a potentially unsafe situation.