JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Jefferson City Public Schools updated parents and students about the district's snow day procedures as winter weather approaches Mid-Missouri.
The district alerts parents that school is canceled through an automated calling system and the media. Closings and delays are also available on ABC 17 News and abc17news.com.
The district schedules six snow days into its program. Any more than that has to be made up at the end of the year.
When there is the threat of inclement weather, the superintendent speaks with the district's director of transportation to see if he believes the roads are safe enough to travel. It is then up to the superintendent to make the call to cancel school or not.
That call can be made the night before school or the morning of, depending on what time the inclement weather rolls in.
Once the decision is made, the school's community relations department will then spread word to parents.
David Luther of the JCPS says this communication has gotten much better over the years.
"I started in this job 13 years ago and we really relied heavily on the media, and we relied on parents calling a number to get the information. Now, with the website, and with the automated calling system, we are very effective in getting the word out," he said.
JCPS officials say they are not expecting to have a snow day this week.