How we will announce school closings/delays this winter

With the first snowstorm of the year approaching, we want to update our parents, students and staff of how we will share information on school closings, delays and early dismissals this winter.

Information will be posted on the district and school websites/blogs and Twitter feeds and reported on local radio and television stations before 6 a.m., whenever possible. You can also call the inclement weather hotline at 872-9500, ext. 2333, to find out the status of Penn Manor schools.

Penn Manor has been approved to use Flexible Instructional Days, commonly known as “cyber snow days,” in addition to traditional snow days, this winter. In general, we intend to use cyber snow days only after we have depleted the traditional snow days built into our school calendar. We also have the option to use snow makeup days virtually, instead of having students physically in school, if necessary.

When inclement weather conditions develop during the day, resulting in an early closing, parents will be notified via automated phone call. Penn Manor uses the Sapphire phone and text communications service for these and other rapid notifications. The system uses contact information from the Sapphire student information system. To assure you are contacted, please submit your updated phone number and email addresses via your Sapphire Community Portal account. For instructions, please see this guide.

During an early dismissal for inclement weather, high school and middle school students will generally be dismissed first, followed by elementary students. Phone calls will NOT be made for closings/delays announced before the school day begins.

Stay tuned and stay safe!