CMS unveils new severe-weather plan 
 
Severe weather season is just around the corner and CMS is working to create options to accommodate the weather. This year, CMS has the option of operating with a two-hour delay.

The two-hour delay is a transportation option that affects bus drivers and students. Schools will open two hours late; the ending bell schedules do not change. All employees except bus drivers will report to work at the usual time. Each principal will develop a modified bell schedule that begins two hours later than normal and ends at the regularly-scheduled time. Principals will also work with the cafeteria manager to develop a modified lunch schedule to accommodate all students. CMS encourages families to begin making plans and adjustments for the potential two-hour delay.

The CMS Communications Department will notify the public when severe weather requires that schools close or open with a two-hour delay. No notification means schools are open. On days with closings or delays, information will be shared by 5:30 a.m. If an early dismissal is required because of severe weather, the information will be available by 1 p.m. Severe-weather changes will be posted on the CMS Web site and intranet and shared with local newspapers, television and radio stations. The Communications staff will also send voice and text messages using Connect-Ed, post the information on the CMS Facebook page and notify CharMeck 311.

CMS also asks families to make sure schools have current contact information.