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Dear BCSC Families:

Weather in Indiana is always unpredictable, so at the onset of the second quarter each year, it is important to review the BCSC inclement weather procedures. We understand our decision to open or close schools during inclement weather can create challenges for some families. Our top priority is always the safety of our students, staff and families.

Click here to view Weather Emergencies: By the numbers

Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day will continue to be snow make-up days, if necessary. Should school be cancelled prior to the designated make-up holiday, parents may be given notice of two weeks or less that school will be in session.

In some instances—when all factors are considered, the best course of action is to delay the start of school. We must weigh the advantages of gaining two hours to allow the weather to pass or road crews to better treat the roadways versus conditions worsening. In the event of a delay on Wednesday, schools will not release early. It is important to note that school delays due to cold weather are very rare because temperatures do not sufficiently warm up during a two hour delay. In addition, many working parents have shared that delays create hardships for their families.

When it comes to communicating about school delays and cancelations, messages will be sent to all parents and guardians via ParentSquare. Phone calls are scheduled as early at 6:00 a.m. The BCSC website, is also a source of information as well as the corporation social media (Instagram, Threads, X, and Facebook) and my X (formerly known as Twitter) account, (@BCSC_SnappChat). Frequent posts about the weather include when the decision will be made (in the evening or morning) and what time the decision will be made. Closings are typically announced on all BCSC social media by 5:15 a.m., prior to the phone calls at 6:00 a.m.

Remember, Transportation utilizes a bus tracking app to allow families monitor their student’s bus. Download Versatrans My Stop app and login with your student’s BCSC ID and birthdate (MMDDYYYY). CLICK HERE for a help sheet on how to use the app.

Ultimately the decision is yours to make as a parent. If schools are open during extreme weather and you choose to have your child stay at home, the absence will be treated as excused and any work missed can be made up.

We hope this information assists you in better understanding the process that we utilize to make the safest decision for your children. Thank you for your cooperation as we navigate Indiana’s unpredictable and often harsh winter weather.



Jim Snapp

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