La Porte Community School Corporation considers the decision to close school an important matter. When facing the possibility of weather-related delays or closures, we rely on a team consisting of our Superintendent, Transportation Director, Director of Maintenance, and our Assistant Superintendent of Operations who not only closely monitor the projected and current reports of the local meteorologists, but also go out into the weather to evaluate road and weather conditions in order to consider the means by which all of our students travel to and from our buildings.
We strive to make a final determination on school delays and closings by 5:15 AM, but we continuously monitor weather conditions and may decide to close later if necessary. In the case that a two-hour delay changes to a closure, we will make every effort to decide and communicate that by 7:30 AM.
Our team must factor into these decisions that La Porte County is the second largest county in Indiana, so temperatures, wind chills, snow accumulation, and thermometer readings vary greatly within our own school district.
Above all, the safety of our students and staff is first and foremost when engaging in conversations about closing or delaying school.
As a parent, you have the right to keep your child home if you believe his or her safety is at risk. If you choose to do so, notify your school as early as possible and it will be considered an excused absence.
LPCSC will announce delays and closings in the following way:
LPCSC website (alert of cancellation will be prominently placed on the screen)
Local TV and radio, including WNDU Ch. 16, WSBT Ch. 22, 96.7 FM
According to the Indiana Department of Education, students are required by law to attend 180 days of school. When the decision to close school is made, the school day must be made up using a previously scheduled “make-up day” or added to the end of the school year. When possible, LPCSC may utilize an eLearning day to avoid adding days to the end of the school year. However, eLearning days are intended as a short-term solution.
As we approach the winter season, we want to ensure that our communication and plans for potential school delays and closures are clear to all families.
To keep you informed, we will communicate any delays or closures through various channels:
Automated phone calls
Announcements on the LPCSC website
Posts on the LPCSC Facebook page
Local TV and radio
Depending upon circumstances, our goal is to make a decision to delay or cancel school by 5:15 AM on the day in question. We do our best to make the decision as timely as possible to ensure that families have enough time to make necessary arrangements. If a two-hour delay is determined which turns into an all day cancellation, an effort will be made to communicate the decision by 7:30 AM.
To receive these updates promptly, please ensure your contact information is current in the Skyward system. To access your Skyward Family Access account or to reset the password, click here. If you haven't already, we encourage you to sign up for text alerts as well.
In the event of inclement weather closures, we will utilize “Posted Lesson” eLearning days for the first three days. On these days, teachers will post assignments by 9:00 AM and be available virtually during scheduled office hours for any assistance or clarification.
We advise students to always have their Chromebooks prepared, especially during the winter season, as weather conditions can be unpredictable.
We understand that winter weather can bring challenges, and our priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we navigate these conditions together.