SCHOOL CLOSINGS & BLOCK SCHEDULING
In case of inclement weather, students and parents may check local Harrisonburg television and radio stations for school closings and delay information. Updates will also be provided on the Rockingham County schools website at the following address: www.rockingham.k12.va.us. Parents may also sign up for text alerts regarding school delays or closings through the RCPS technology department. Go to: http://www.rockingham.k12.va.us/technology-notification.html for more information.
If schools are closed (for one day or several consecutive days) because of inclement weather, when students return to school, they will proceed through the day (odd or even) they would have had if school had not been closed at all. After the first day back, the normal Odd/Even schedule will resume as listed in the school calendar. Any changes in Odd/Even day designation or any addition of makeup days in the school calendar will be determined by the School Board or central office administration as needed.
PARENT TRANSPORTATION – PEDESTRIANS – ABSENCES & LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY
Student dropped off at school should arrive at the front entrance of the school between 7:50 and 8:10. If you plan to park and walk your child into the building, please park in a designated “Visitor” parking space. Students will report to their grade level’s designated location if arriving before 8:05 a.m.
Parent pick-up procedures for this year will be similar to procedures instituted last year to relieve traffic congestion from Route 259.
- Parents will enter the west parking area and line up in a double line of traffic. Our staff will assist in this process.
- Students being picked up will be released at 3:22 and will report to the front lobby and steps.
- Once buses have been loaded we will direct traffic from the west lot to the front steps for pick-up in a single file line. We will attempt to load four or five vehicles at a time in the front. This procedure has proved to ensure a safe and consistent dismissal procedure.
Students with parent permission may walk from the school campus after all bus traffic has left J. Frank Hillyard Middle School. Students are responsible to respect and follow all laws for safe and proper pedestrian traffic on state maintained highways, roads, and streets.
If a student’s regular transportation method changes in any way, parents should write a note giving permission for their child to go home with another designated driver, to ride a bus to a different stop on their route, or to ride a different bus to another student’s stop. Parents who agree to accept another student into their home from another bus must also write a note giving permission for this to take place. Students are to bring their notes and place them in the “Transportation Box” in the office before school. Students will be given a Transportation Change ticket that may be picked up after lunch in the office. If a student changes his or her bus stop or bus, the school must receive a note from parents verifying that permission is granted.