Department of Defense Education Activity

Inclement Weather Procedures

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When hurricanes, snow or other severe weather conditions occur, it is sometimes necessary to cancel school, delay the opening of school, or dismiss classes early. 

School Closings 

Before the School Day Begins 

If it becomes necessary to cancel school due to inclement weather parents will be notified through our AdHOC system as well as local radio or TV stations in the morning for information about school cancellation for the day.

  • Check local television and/or radio stations for closure/delay announcements.  (Listen for "Camp Lejeune Schools' rather than "Onslow County")  Camp Lejeune's Joint Public Affairs Office (JPAO) notifies the following media in the event of closures or delays: 
    • Local Television Stations:  WITN 7, WNCT 9, and WCTI 12
    • Local Radio Stations:  WJNC (1240 AM), WXOR (105.5 FM), and WILL (98.7 FM)
  • Check the Camp Lejeune Facebook Page
  • Call the Camp Lejeune Information System at 910-451-1717 (Selection 5).

After the School Day Has Begun  

Once the school day has begun, every effort will be made to keep school in session for the entire day. Many of our children have two working parents, and we understand the problems that early dismissal might cause. The decision to close school during the day is announced as soon as possible through our AdHOC system.  Early dismissals will also be announced at the Base Exchange and Commissary as well as on local radio and TV and the MCB Cable TV Information channel.

Destructive Weather Plan

Severe weather sometimes strikes eastern North Carolina. As a result, Camp Lejeune District Schools (CLDS) has a detailed Destructive Weather Plan in place in the event that actions must be initiated to ensure safety and security for all CLDS students and employees. Four CLDS Schools are also designated as Destructive Weather Shelters. 

School Closing/Early Dismissal During Normal School Hours

Step Event
1 The Transportation Supervisor will contact PMO to determine current road conditions and usability and notify the Assistant Superintendent if there are concerns that pose a hazard to safe travel by school buses. The Assistant Superintendent will contact the Director, Manpower to obtain official Base information regarding closure, delays, etc
2 If unsafe conditions exist, the Assistant Superintendent will notify the NC District Superintendent and contact the Director, Manpower or his designee to notify him/her about the closing of school/s. The Director, Manpower will notify the XO and the XO will in turn contact JPAO and place an announcement on the local MCB Cable TV information channel about school closings. In addition, the Base PX and Commissary will be asked to make an announcement in their establishments about schools being closed
3 The Assistant Superintendent will contact the following personnel: District Office staff, Principals, Food Services Director, Supervisory Logistics Specialist, and Transportation Supervisor. Also, an announcement will be placed on the Base Information Line @ 451-1717, Option 5.
4 Principals or his/her designee will report facility concerns to the Supervisory Logistics Specialist prior to their departure. Principals will continuously publish procedures to notify parents about the Base Information Line, 451-1717 (Selection 5) and the Schools Information Line 451-0995.

School Closing/Delayed Opening Prior to Opening of School

Step Event
1 The Transportation Supervisor will contact PMO to determine road conditions and road usability. In addition, the Transportation Supervisor will contact the Weather Station at New River Air Station for road conditions and future storm predictions. The Assistant Superintendent for CLDS will be notified by the Transportation Supervisor as to whether the weather conditions pose a hazard to safe travel by school buses. The Principal or his/her designee will check on the status of their school facility and provide a report to the Supervisory Logistics Specialist. When deemed appropriate, the Supervisory Logistics Specialist will contact Base personnel about facility concerns.
2 The Assistant Superintendent will contact the Director, Manpower to obtain official information about the Base operations/plans.
3 If unsafe conditions exist, the Assistant Superintendent for CLDS will notify the NC District Superintendent and will begin notifications to delay or cancel school/s
4 The Assistant Superintendent will notify the Director, Manpower of the decision to delay opening of school/s or to close school/s. The Director, Manpower or his designee will notify the Base Executive Officer (XO) about the schools' operational plan. The XO will in turn contact the Joint Public Affairs Officer (JPAO) and the Officer-of-the-Day (OD) to notify them of CLDS' delay or closure and request that appropriate media be notified. Every effort will be made to have announcements generated prior to 0600
5 The Community Superintendent's Office Emergency Phone Tree will be put in place. An announcement will be placed on the Base Information Line at 910-451-1717, option 5. The Superintendent will make contacts in the absence of the Assistant Superintendent for NC-CLDS.

Destructive Weather Shelters

The following 4 schools are designated Destructive Weather Shelters.

School Building
Number
Shelter Responsibilities
Lejeune High School
835 Stone Street
Camp Lejeune NC 28547

910-451-2451/2452

835 Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Support Battalion
Brewster  Middle School

1290 Stone Street
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547

910-451-2561/2562

883  Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Support Battalion
Tarawa Terrace Elementary School

84 Iwo Jima Blvd
Tarawa Terrace, NC 28543

910-450-1635/1644

TT-84  Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Support Battalion
Delalio Elementary School

1500 Curtis Road
 MCAS New River
Jacksonville, NC 28540

910-449-0601/0612

TC-1500 Commanding Officer, MCAS New River

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