Communication During Inclement Weather
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, winter in Hood River will be slightly colder than normal as well as drier, with below-normal snowfall in most areas. The coldest periods will be in late November, late December, and early and late January, with the snowiest periods in late December, late January, and early March. This forecast is a prediction and Columbia Gorge area residents know it may only be so accurate. If you have a student(s) in a school(s) within HRCSD, please learn about the ways HRCSD will inform you when weather forces closures and/or delays.
There are three ways HRCSD sends messages to families about delays, closures, and other weather-related decisions:
- Phone call: A phone call, in English or Spanish, depending on what you have requested as your preferred language, will be placed to the phone number of each guardian provided during student registration. If you have changed your phone number recently, please update it with your school office.
- Email: An email message, in English or Spanish, depending on what you have requested as your preferred language, will be sent to the email address of each guardian provided during student registration. If you have changed your email address recently, please update it with your school office.
- Text message: A text message, in English or Spanish, depending on what you have requested as your preferred language, will be sent to the text number of each guardian provided during student registration.
HRCSD also posts updates online:
- Twitter: Follow the HRCSD account, @HRCSD2.
- Facebook: Connect with HRCSD at www.facebook.com/hoodriverschools
- Instagram: Follow the HRCSD account, hoodrivercountyschools
- HRCSD website: Go to www.hoodriver.k12.or.us and look for a yellow bar across the top of the page. At this website, you can find more other detailed and pertinent information such as snow routes for buses.
Information may also be found by calling Hood River County School District or neighborhood schools. Outside of normal business hours, individuals can access the School Status Message Line by calling the district or school number and pressing option 2 to get the latest updates on school status during inclement weather periods.
Inclement Weather Protocols
School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be made by 5:30am. HRCSD encourages families to make transportation and attendance decisions for their children based on their own assessment of travel conditions in their area.
When all district schools and facilities are closed, all daytime and evening activities are canceled.
When there is a two-hour delay in opening school and buses are on snow routes, all schools will open two hours later than regularly scheduled.
When school is on time and buses are on snow routes, all schools will operate on regular daily schedules. If the weather forecast calls for declining weather conditions throughout the day, the school district will implement snow routes for afternoon dismissal. *Please note that information on snow routes will be shared by early December.
When weather conditions necessitate an early dismissal/closure of schools, all daytime and evening activities/events are canceled.
*If there is a prolonged winter event, HRCSD may consider using distance learning.