Throughout this document, when a position (e.g. superintendent) is stated, it should be interpreted to include “or designee” when appropriate.
A. The superintendent (or designee) will manage district response to any emergency. S/he will be on site unless a command site is identified at a different location.
B. The school principal (or other designated administrator) will manage school-based decision and logistics.
C. The decision to evacuate a school will be made by the superintendent in collaboration with the Sudbury Police and school principal. In the absence of any one of these parties, the remaining party(ies) will make the decision.
D. The evacuation protocol as defined in the district’s confidential emergency response plan will be followed.
Superintendent (or designee in his/her absence) will make the open/close/delay decision informed by input from local weather service, Sudbury DPW, Sudbury Police and area superintendents. The decision starts with an assumption that schools will be open and will operate on a regular schedule; weather and travel conditions will determine if closing or a 1 hr/ 2 hr delay may be necessary.
Once schools have opened for the day, it is highly unlikely that students will be dismissed early. If a directive from the state or local safety officials is received to close school during normal school hours, the procedures for early dismissal below will be followed.
It is assumed that busses will run their regular routes anytime school is open. During any type of severe storm, drivers will adjust the stops to better accommodate students and parents. This may include waiting longer at the stop or modify the location or number of stops. Parents should understand that during storms or inclement weather, pick-up and drop-off times will be extended.
Especially in emergencies, it is important for the bus drivers (including substitute drivers) to know, or have an accurate list of, which students are on the bus and what stop they are to utilize.
In the case of emergency, a parent may request that a student, who does not normally ride a bus, be allowed to ride the bus to a particular stop. This would only be accommodated on an existing route, an existing stop and providing space is available on the bus.
Bus unable to travel on a particular road or unable to reach a particular stop. The driver will notify the bus dispatcher immediately. The dispatcher and driver will call parents of the students affected AND call Sudbury Transportation Office, which in turn will notify the schools. The dispatcher may request the Sudbury Transportation Office or the school assist in calling.
Sudbury Public Schools ~ 40 Fairbank Road ~ Sudbury, MA 01776ph: 978-443-1058 ~ fax: 978-443-9001Office hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm