Inclement Weather Policy

The goal of the district is to always provide a safe and secure environment for students. However, since we live in Kansas, it means at times school will be held even when it is extremely cold and/or when roads are snow-covered.

Before a decision is made about whether school is closed, employees of the district test drive parts of the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville area. From year to year, the City of Bonner Springs and the City of Edwardsville do an excellent job keeping streets and roads maintained. This allows the district to stay open when other area schools are closed.

When the decision to close school must be considered, the district will try to make this information available as early as possible. For the most direct and current information about school closings:

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You should also check the following local TV stations -- WDAF Channel 4, KCTV Channel 5, KMBC Channel 9 & KSHB Channel 41.

The district will send out an official announcement via Skylert (our parent communication portal). To make sure your information is correct, log onto your Skyward account and update your email address/phone number under the 'Skylert' section.

In most cases, the decision we will be faced with will be to either close school for a day or decide that conditions allow for school to be in session. Occasionally however, the district may choose to delay the start of the school day by two hours. This option will only be used in cases of extreme cold temperatures or other weather related issues. At times, a delayed start in the school day is a better option as opposed to canceling school altogether. The schedule below reflects the procedures for a delayed start.

2-Hour Delayed Start

Elementary Start Time

Start at 10:25 AM

Secondary Start Time

Start at 9:40 AM

Head Start

Start at 10:00 AM

McDanield Preschool

No AM Classes, PM in session


Run 2 hours late


Not served

Child Care for
Staff Children

Open Regular Hours

USD 204 Staff

Report to work at regular hours, unless instructed otherwise by the Supt.

YMCA of Greater Kansas City Inclement Weather Procedure
In the event USD 204 closes due to inclement weather, the YMCA will not operate programs in district facilities (this includes before and after school Y Care). During circumstances when a late start has been called, the YMCA will not operate morning programs. As a result of a late start day, the YMCA will operate as normal only in the afternoon.

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