When meteorologists predict poor weather in the forecast, the first thing Bald Eagle Area Superintendent Jeff Miles is thinking of is the possibility of a cancellation, late arrival or early dismissal for schools in the district.
He meets with a group of superintendents, transportation directors and business managers from school districts in the area to help in the decision-making process. Up to this school year, the group met on a conference call at 5 a.m. This school year, the time has been moved to 4:50 a.m. If there is a delay to the start of school, they will speak again at about 7 a.m. to determine if there will continue to be a two- or three-hour delay, or close for the day, instead.
“The more accurate information you have, you have a much better chance of making the right decision,” Miles said. “Bald Eagle, Bellefonte and Penns Valley work together to guarantee our students are maximizing their opportunities at CPI.”
If two schools are delayed or canceled, Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology does not have high school students.
“I am very proud to be part of this group; safety is the No. 1 priority,” Miles said.
Factors in making snow day-type decisions include the time of year, wind-chill, time of weather events, forecast at the local and national levels, and other conversations with representatives from local municipalities and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.