LCS Weather/Emergency Advisory Statements
During the winter months, we are often asked how the decision is made as to the closing of school and how that information will be disseminated. Please review the following procedures, and feel free to contact your school principal should you have any questions or concerns about this matter. We greatly appreciate your partnership and desire to work closely with you in monitoring and communicating safety concerns.
Inclement Weather and School Closing Information
Inclement weather and/or hazardous driving conditions may make it necessary to alter school opening or closing patterns. School closing/delayed opening information will be broadcast on Landmark’s website, the school system's social media outlets (Twitter and Facebook), local news stations, and by One Call Now (robocalls).
The decision whether to close school is an important one because of the safety issues involved for our students, parents and employees. We recognize if school is closed for a half day or all day educational and spiritual opportunities will be missed. However, accurately predicting weather and road conditions for our 5-county service area is a challenge at best, and we will err on the side of caution rather than put any of our families at risk.
Who is monitoring the weather?
The executive team collaborates and carefully monitors weather and driving conditions during seasons of possible inclement weather. The executive team makes recommendations to the headmaster about possible school closures or delays.
How do they make their decision to close schools?
In the event of possible inclement weather, the members of the executive team will make contact with various organizations to stay abreast of current weather conditions and the possible effects on roads and travel. The operational ability of school buses also is assessed.
The National Weather Service is continuously checked for the latest forecast information, as well as the Georgia Department of Transportation for the latest road and bridge information. The Emergency Management Agencies of Fulton County and surrounding counties also are contacted to see if there are any reports of hazardous road conditions. If deemed necessary, executive team members will conduct field observations to include interstate highways, state highways, county roads, and bridges that are typically traveled by our families.
Facilities staff also checks to see if there is icing or other conditions in the parking lots and on walkways that may cause a hazard for staff and students, which will be immediately addressed. Additionally, the Facilities Department is responsible for reporting any problems with school heating or electrical units that will adversely affect the ability to open the school.
When is the decision to close schools made? How will the families be notified?
The final decision on whether to close/delay opening school is made as soon as possible based on all available information so that appropriate preparation time can be given to families and employees. The Executive Team members collaborate and gather information from the National Weather Service, Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette and Fulton County emergency management agencies and school systems. Based on these findings, a recommendation is made to the Headmaster, who then makes the final decision to delay or close.
Radio and TV stations, Landmark’s social media pages, One Call Now (robocalls), and the school’s web site, www.landmarkchristianschool.org, are used to share the message.