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Winter Weather Procedures


Winter Weather Information for Parents and Students


With the arrival of winter weather, we want to provide updated information for weather events that might require school closures and/or delayed starting times. 

Safety First

District administrators consider several factors when making closure decisions: the amount of snowfall or freezing rain present or predicted, road conditions, temperature, wind chill, and the ability to clear parking lots and sidewalks.  District administrators closely monitor local forecasts when the potential for severe weather is announced.  

Safety is always our first concern.

School Closure Notifications

Our goal is to make the final decision to close school no later than 6:00 a.m. on the day of consideration.

In some circumstances where severe winter weather conditions already exist, the decision to close school might be determined the night before.  However, we know that Oklahoma weather changes rapidly and can call for last-minute changes to predictions and plans. 

In the event of school closures or schedule changes, announcements will be made via 

  • District alert notification system, including all calls, texts, and emails
  • District website
  • District Facebook
  • local television stations

To ensure you receive these messages, please ensure your contact information is up-to-date in the parent portal of Infinite Campus.  You may contact your child’s site registrar or the District Enrollment Center if you need assistance. 

In general when school is closed athletic practices and events will be canceled as well.  When exceptions are called for, the District will send notifications to students and parents. 

Will all closures be considered Distance Learning days? 

PPS has two options for school closures based on the circumstances and the District’s ability to meet the State Department of Education's hour requirements.

Option #1 - Traditional Snow Day: All Pryor Public Schools are closed. This option will be used based on the weather event and the District’s ability to meet the State Department of Education's hour requirements.

Option #2 – Distance Learning Day: If a day is designated as distance learning, teachers will share information about how students should complete assignments for the day. Students will need to participate in assignments in order to be counted as present. In preparation for potential distance learning days, 6th -12th grade students should bring home their Chromebooks and chargers. If Chromebooks are needed to complete assignments for Pk-5th grade students,  those will be sent home on the previous day.