Procedures for Delaying/Closing School

  • As we approach the winter season, please review the procedures for school closings and/or delays that may occur due to inclement weather. The decision to close school and engage in an eLearning day or alter the school day is done after collaborating with multiple district personnel, local, state departments and agencies, including: law enforcement, national weather service, highway/street departments, and transportation. In addition, other Porter County school districts are consulted due to partnerships that impact special education and career-technical education students.

    Decisions about school delays due to inclement weather will be made as early as possible. In some instances, a school cancellation may follow a two-hour delay. In the event of a two-hour delay followed by a cancellation, we will do our best to make the decision to cancel school before 9:00 a.m. Delay or cancellation information will be delivered through the Skylert notification system. These notifications are based on the contact information provided in the General category within your Skylert notification system. Please review and update (if necessary) your contact information to receive these notifications. School closing/delay information will also be posted on the DSC website ( and sent to the following media outlets:

    The following options will be considered during weather emergencies:

    Option 1: Start of the school day will be delayed (2-hours from Level 1 start times). Delayed start times are:

    • High School - 9:40 a.m.
    • Middle School - 9:50 a.m.
    • Elementary - 10:00 a.m.
    • Intermediate - 10:15 a.m.

    Option 2: Students will not report to school; students will participate in inclement weather eLearning day

    Option 3: Schools will dismiss early

    The purpose of this communication is to provide insight into the decision making process and share the communication protocols that will be used.  We appreciate your understanding and support.