Dear Parents and Guardians:
Please take a few minutes to review the school closing procedures listed below. We know our decision to close schools in poor weather has a big effect on families. We also believe students benefit both academically and socially by being in school. We will balance these factors with factors of student safety when it comes to decisions regarding school closing.
How is the public notified?
You can check on weather related changes in school schedules by:
Visiting our district web site: www.cca.k12.ia.us
Registering for an automatic e-mail alert by visiting https://schoolalerts.iowa.gov/ and
creating a free account (This is a service provided by the State of Iowa.)
Tuning to KCCK-88.3 FM, KDAT-104.5 FM, KHAK-98.1 FM, KKRQ-100 FM KRNA-94.1 FM, KXIC-800 AM, WMT-600 AM radio or KCRG-TV 9, KGAN-TV 2, and KWWL-TV 7.
How do we make our decision?
Our decision to open or close the schools in poor weather is based on an analysis of factors such as:
- Information on road conditions from transportation staff, highway patrol and county roads departments. We consider all of the roads in the district. Even if your street or road looks clear, travel elsewhere in the district may be dangerous. Additionally, we factor in the safety of high school students that may be driving to school.
- Amount of snow and ice accumulated, predicted duration of any precipitation, and temperature and wind chill. We recognize some students walk to school and some wait outside for the bus.
- Building and parking lot conditions. We confirm that we have heat, electricity, and water, and confer with maintenance staff members who are responsible for clearing and treating school parking lots and sidewalks.
- What other school districts are doing. We share information among schools as part of the decision making process.
- Weather predictions. We consider weather predictions, and often consult with area meteorologists.
Who makes the decision?
As superintendent of schools, I am responsible for the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from the director of transportation.
When is the decision made?
I must make the decision by 5:45 AM in order to contact administrators, post the decision on our website and notify radio and TV stations. This means that information on school closings or delays should be available between 6:00 and 6:30 AM.
Will we close school if conditions worsen?
Once we make the decision to open the schools, many parents rely on it and may already have left for work. Once in school, we will typically keep students through the day. In extreme conditions, we may need to have an early dismissal, but we will provide notice as indicated above.
Although we do our absolute best in this process, we know that no perfect decision exists for all involved. If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best judgment. Students missing school for weather related reasons will be counted absent, but will be allowed to make up school assignments. We would also appreciate your encouragement with teenage drivers to utilize the existing bus service or another alternative to driving in poor conditions.
Denise Schares, Superintendent
Iowa School Alerts system
Clear Creek Amana is a participant in the Iowa School Alerts program, which means you can sign up to receive free e-mail notifications when classes for our district, or a particular school building, are to be closed, dismissed early or started late due to weather or other circumstances.
How to Sign Up
2. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter your name and e-mail address, and create secret questions and your password. This step involves obtaining a code from an e-mail sent to you to confirm your registration.
3. Once you have created and confirmed your account registration, you will be taken back to the School Alerts site where you can click on “My Subscriptions” to add the school districts/buildings you would like to receive notices for. Once you’ve selected a school, you are asked to enter the e-mail addresses or cell phone addresses where you would like notifications sent. You can add as many e-mail addresses as you’d like! (Please note that some wireless services providers may charge you for receiving e-mails or text messages. You are responsible for those charges.)
That’s it! After signing up you will receive e-mail notifications directly from the school whenever classes are cancelled. You can review your alert settings and all current notifications for the state at any time by visiting the Iowa School Alerts website: https://schoolalerts.iowa.gov.
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