School Closing Procedures
Lakeland School System works closely with the National Weather Bureau to stay informed of all inclement weather forecasted for our area. Forecasts are relied on to aid in decisions about school closings and early dismissals due to inclement weather. Closings and dismissals may be based on both existing weather and predictions.
In every instance of inclement weather, the district staff will check conditions on neighborhood streets, bus routes and school property to determine if it is safe for travel to and from school. Consideration will also be given to weather conditions that would make it difficult or dangerous to operate schools.
LSS will always attempt to give parents as much notice as possible when closing schools. However, since weather is sometimes unpredictable, it is possible that a decision on closing schools may not be made until morning.
How will parents be notified of school closings?
In addition to posting any closings on this web page and using Blackboard Connect for sending phone calls and text messages to all parents, LSS will post any announcements to our Facebook page and Twitter feed as well as sharing closing information with the local media.
Decisions on how and when to make up instructional time missed due to inclement weather are made by the Lakeland Board of Education. To best account for all possible weather-related closings, these decisions are typically made following the winter weather season.