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Weather Delay and Closures

We attempt to announce delays or closures as early as possible. Assume that schools are running on time if there is no notice of delay or cancellation on the district’s website.

Every weather incident is different, and the district may deviate from these procedures if necessary.

How To Learn If School Is Delayed Or Closed
 
  • Check www.ephrataschools.org and individual school websites
  • Text Messaging - The district will send text alerts to parents/guardians as soon as there is a delay or closure decision. Families can receive text alerts by ensuring their contact information is updated in Skyward and that they have opted to receive those communications. Families should contact their child's school if they have further questions.
  • Direct Emails – The district will send emails to parents/guardians as soon as there is a delay or closure decision. Families can receive email alerts by ensuring their contact information is updated in Skyward and that they have opted to receive those communications. Families should contact their child's school if they have further questions. Community members may sign up to receive email alerts about delays and closures.
  • Social Media - Facebook & Instagram
  • Media – Local television and radio stations frequently run delay and closure announcements
 
One Hour Delay (Monday) - Delay is in addition to normal 1-hour late start
  • All buses will operate 1 hour later than a normal Monday
  • Morning and afternoon preschool classes are cancelled
  • Breakfast will NOT be offered
  • There will be NO zero-hour classes

Two Hour Delay (Tuesday - Friday)
  • All school start times will begin 2 hours later than normal
  • All buses will operate 2 hours later than normal
  • Morning and afternoon preschool classes are cancelled
  • Breakfast will NOT be offered
  • There will be NO zero-hour classes

School Closure due to weather:
  • All Middle School after school activities are cancelled.
  • Morning and afternoon preschool classes are cancelled.
  • High School after school activities are to be determined.

NOTE: A school closure due to weather will be “made up” later in the year.

If it is necessary for the District to close schools after school has begun, the District will use its media outlets, including calling, to notify parents in advance of the closure. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS UP-TO-DATE IN SKYWARD.