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In the event of inclement weather, the superintendent may make a decision to alter the school day to minimize travel risks for students and staff.

The superintendent may (1) delay the start of school (usually by two hours); (2) dismiss school early; (3) close school; or (4) declare a Flexible Instructional Day (see below). Decisions are made as early as possible to provide adequate time for notification. Decisions are based on the current and anticipated forecast, as well as sidewalk and road conditions. Parents and guardians should plan to provide a place for children to stay when the district closes, dismisses students early, or conducts a Flexible Instructional Day due to weather conditions.

Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs)

Flexible Instruction Days (FIDs) may be used in place of a school day that has been cancelled because of inclement weather or another emergency situation. The PA Department of Education authorized the School District of Lancaster to use up to five FIDs per academic year.

What happens on a Flexible Instructional Day?

On a FID, students will work at home to complete learning activities and assignments that their teachers provide. Students will receive learning activities and assignments for each subject that would have originally taken place during a regular school day. Teachers may also utilize Zoom to connect with students live during a FID.

During a period of virtual learning, there is no change in online class schedules or assignments during a FID.

If SDoL calls for a Flexible Instruction Day (FID), how will I know?

Students and Parents/Guardians will be informed of a FID through the District’s mass notification system in the same way that school closings and delays are announced. Notifications will be distributed via e-mail, the district app, social media and the district’s website.

Please note, some local news outlets may not be able to accommodate the announcement of a Flexible Instructional Day, because it is an uncommon message. Please rely on SDoL communications for the most accurate information.

Will every school day that is cancelled because of inclement weather be considered a Flexible Instruction Day?

Not necessarily. During the 2020-2021 school year, the first five snow days will be FIDs, because the start of school was delayed by one week. In future years, the district will again have built-in make-up days, so not all snow days need to be converted to FIDs.

Find closing announcements here

The school closings or delays will be announced on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and on the following radio and television stations: