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34. School Closing/Emergency


Parents and students shall be notified of school closings or cancellations due to health or safety concerns, severe weather or other circumstances by announcements made over the following media outlets and/or modes of communication: 

KVOE 1400 AM /101.7 FM - Emporia 

WIBW Channel 13 - Topeka 

USD253 Website: 

Parent Square - Parent Square will be our primary source for distributing information to our parents and families. Instructions for using this platform can be found on the ‘For Parents and Families’ page of the district website at .

If an emergency occurs, the district may keep all students under school authority and supervision until released to parents. Staff will remain on duty with the students during the emergency period. Parents may be notified to come to school and pick up their children once the emergency situation is deemed safe. Students shall be released according to board policy for release of students during the school day. (Refer to BOE Policy JBH)