The superintendent monitors reports from federal, state, and local public safety agencies and will follow the procedures of the District's Emergency LightHouse Plan in case of an emergency.
When severe weather creates hazardous conditions in Muscogee County, regular school scheduling may be suspended. The first concern for making a decision to suspend school system operations is the safety of our students.
Closing the Schools
The decision for closing schools is made by the school superintendent, who is in contact overnight with those who monitor weather and safety reports. When possible, the decision regarding school system closing is made prior to 5:45 am and sent to the news media. This information is normally broadcast on local radio and television stations and posted on the MCSD homepage by 6:15 am.
Sudden Emergencies - Dismissal
MCSD school officials meet sudden emergencies during the school day with concern for the safety of students and staff. The MCSD school superintendent makes the decision whether or not to close the schools. When severe weather watches or safety threats are announced, immediate emergency procedures are taken for safety in schools. School principals make key decisions about the safety of all students and personnel under their supervision.
It is the responsibility of the parents to monitor local news reports or to check the MCSD website to find out if the schools will open or if the students will be dismissed because of an emergency. If the students are dismissed during the day, they will be transported to their normal bus stops. Parents are responsible for their children. If a parent cannot be at home, alternate arrangements should be made now for such situations.
If it is necessary to close schools due to inclement weather or safety threats, the Board will decide how to handle the student days within state guidelines.
Columbus' Outdoor Emergency Siren
The Outdoor Emergency Siren System brochure from the Columbus Consolidated Government outlines
- Siren site locations within the city
- Siren voice messages and tones
- Facts and statistics for the emergency warning system
Download the brochure from the right side of this page.