Inclement Weather Procedures/AMI Days & Weather Work

Posted on 01/05/2017

The Cabot School District wants to remind students, parents, and patrons about inclement weather procedures. Under the circumstance that inclement weather is either present or imminent, our primary concern is for the safety of students and drivers. The district may cancel school for an entire day, delay opening school, or close schools early due to hazardous weather or other emergencies.

Superintendent Dr. Thurman and other district administrators will begin checking roads at 4:00 a.m. When necessary, Dr. Thurman will also be in communication with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock regarding the forecast, and local emergency responders for an overview of road conditions in all areas of the school district. 

The Cabot School District utilizes a variety of communication tools to alert families of weather-related closings and delays. Our automated phone communication system, Facebook, Twitter, television outlets and the district website provide up-to-date information. 

The mass phone communication system allows the school district to notify families by telephone, email, text message, and app notification when school has been canceled due to bad weather. When a decision is made in the evening, we attempt to notify families by 10 p.m.

When a decision is made in the morning, we want to notify families by 6 a.m. (which means families could receive a call as early as 5:15 a.m.) Our goal is to accommodate the many students and families that leave home early.

Parents can also follow the status of the district via our district Facebook page (Cabot Public School District) or Twitter (@cabotsd and @DrTCabot). Dr. Thurman is very active on Twitter and will post information on his account that automatically updates to our district Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The district also notifies local television stations (KARK Channel 4/Fox 16, KATV Channel 7, and THV 11) in the event of a closing/delay, and a banner/alert is posted on the district website (www.cabotschools.org).

Parents are HIGHLY encouraged to have a plan for inclement weather days in advance. This includes one and two hour delayed openings. Please do not wait until we are dealing with an inclement weather situation to begin planning for the day. The district will announce the earliest possible time that students may be dropped off at buildings if a delayed opening is announced. Please do not drop students off at schools before this announced time.  

When there is a delayed opening, bus routes will run as close as possible to the adjusted regular times. For example, if the bus picks your student up at 7:05 a.m. on regular school days, it will pick up at 9:05 a.m. if we have a 2 hour delay. *There may be occasions the district chooses to run “Snow Routes,” that information is listed below. 

Be advised that there may be circumstances that would necessitate a change in school opening status. For instance, an originally announced delayed opening may have to be changed to a school closure due to updated weather information. Again, parents need to be prepared for these circumstances in advance. 

Social media is a powerful tool for communication.  We respectfully request that students not post false road conditions since this may sometimes cause undue stress and panic on parents and other students. 

We understand that delayed starts and school closings may cause an inconvenience for parents. Our decision will be based on the safety of students and staff.  We ask for your patience and understanding as we make these challenging decisions. 

Snow Routes:

During an event of inclement weather, the Cabot Public School District may choose to use “snow routes.” When snow routes are implemented, only select roads will not be traveled. On these days, students will need to be at the intersections listed below ten minutes prior to their regular pick up time. 

-Eagle’s Nest Rd and Lewisburg Rd - #113 & #146
-Bailey Rd and Lewisburg Rd - #113 & #146
-Hickory Hills Dr and Lewisburg Rd - #34 & #146
-Tucker Rd and Lewisburg Rd - #34 & #146
-W. & E. Cricket Rd and Red Bird Ln - #90 & #25
-Lindulake Rd and Highway 5 - #159
-Lindulake Rd and Mountain Springs Rd - #159
-Wildwood Dr and Mountain Springs Rd - #84 & #123
-Willow Lake Rd and Douglas Rd - #51 & #171
-Dorman Dr and W Mountain Springs Rd - #90 & #170

All students that live in Greystone will need to come out to Greystone Blvd - #141 & #84.

All special needs bus drivers will contact parents to make arrangements for transportation.

*NEW: AMI Days and Weather Work*

Attention parents and students, this news is snow-mazing!

Cabot Public Schools is pleased to announce that we have been approved to use five Alternative Methods of Instruction Days, or AMI Days, for the 2017-2018 school year. So, what are AMI Days and what does that mean for your student?

If school is cancelled, for example due to inclement weather or an emergency, students will not have to make up the day. Instead, students will be sent home “Weather Work” that can be completed on paper or electronically. Your student’s teacher will communicate with you how the “Weather Work” will be assigned.

Now we understand if it’s snowing, kids want to play in the snow. So students will have at least 5 days, starting from the first day school is back in session, to complete the assignment. If we miss more than one day, the amount of time to complete the assignment will be adjusted.

In order for students to be counted “present” for the day, they must submit their “Weather Work” to their teacher by the due date. 

If a school day is cancelled and declared an AMI Day, then the snow days built into the calendar will not be utilized for make up days and this will help prevent us from adding school days on to the end of the year.

We feel fortunate we are able to provide this new opportunity for our families. The Arkansas Department of Education has granted us this waiver. We are one of 121 districts across the state approved to use AMI Days.

We know it will be a work in progress and there will still be questions. We also want parents, students, staff, and our community to understand that we can’t take advantage of these AMI Days. Superintendent Dr. Thurman will use the same criteria as in the past when deciding if school should be closed. If it is not safe in any part of the district (remember, we encompass the cities of Cabot, Austin, and Ward) then we’ll close school. We will not risk the safety of any of our students and staff. Some days it will be tricky though to decide if school should be in session or not and you may want us to just go ahead and close since we have AMI Days available. However, you have to remember there are families in our district that rely on us to be open unless it is absolutely necessary to close. Many parents need to go to work and child care may not be readily accessible. If we feel it’s safe and we can go to school, we will go to school. 

In the end, we’ll do what’s best for our children and we feel having the option to use AMI Days when it’s necessary, will prevent us from adding on days to the school year.

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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746