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Weather information regarding school closings/delays is broadcast on all local and area radio and television stations starting as early as 5:30 a.m. 

Closing School or Staying Open—The Decision

In Dowagiac, the evaluation of road conditions on potentially hazardous days begins when Kevin Kelm, Director of Transportation, communicating with the Cass County Road Commission, police agencies and surrounding school districts. Once all the necessary data is collected a decision is then made to close or not to close school.

If the decision is made to close school, the superintendent and his staff begin contacting the media and initiating the district “fan-out system” to notify school personnel. Every attempt is made to get the information out no later than 5:45 a.m.

After-School Activities

When the decision is made to close school due to the weather, all extracurricular activities, K-8 are cancelled. However, a decision regarding activities at the high school is not made until approximately 1 p.m. In southwestern Michigan the weather can change dramatically between morning and afternoon. Because activities are scheduled almost every night during the week, rescheduling becomes extremely difficult. As a result, a decision will not be made until early afternoon, but only with the safety of students and staff as a top priority.

Bright Arrow Calling System

Another method of getting important information out during inclement weather is the use of the Bright Arrow Calling System. Each family will receive a call in the morning on days when school will be closed, when there is an emergency, or when bulletins simply need to be passed along to students and their families. We can do this only if we have the most current phone information which is pulled from registration forms. So please check with your building secretary if you are not receiving calls or if you would like another phone number substituted.

In order to try to keep our students from standing in the cold longer than necessary, we also place an automated call to all parents of either the secondary or elementary (whichever group is affected) and let everyone know of a delay. We realize that though the call may not apply to most who receive it, it is a much faster and more effective method for getting the word out. We will also be attempting to post information on Facebook and on our website as soon as we know of a potential delay

Delays or Early Dismissal

We recognize the inconvenience school delays or early dismissals cause families. However, sometimes they are necessary, i.e. early morning fog, or a major snow storm approaching in the afternoon. Having a plan in place for your children will make things easier for you and school officials.

Contact Us

Please contact Transportation Supervisor Kevin Kelm (kkelm@dowagiacschools.org) or his secretary, Nancy Hudson (nhudson@dowagiacschools.org) by calling 269-782-4482 if you need assistance.  The fax number at the Bus Garage is 269-782-2027.

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