If there is an important alert or weather notification, the information will be posted at the top of the Pine-Richland School District homepage.
In the event of an early dismissal, delay or cancellation, the district will notify parents via:
- Rapid Call (be sure to update information in the Sapphire Community Portal or with school building offices)
- PRTV: Armstrong Digital Cable Channel 211 and Consolidated Cable 404
- Pine-Richland Information Line: 724-443-7575
- Local Radio Stations: KDKA-AM
- Local Television Stations: KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI
Please note: once the information leaves Pine-Richland, we cannot control how it is broadcast on TV and/or radio. We highly encourage you to log on to the website or PR Information Line for the most accurate information. We do not recommend downloading local news apps, as they have sent out misinformation.
The district will initiate a rapid call in the event of an emergency and/or other major announcements as well.Please call your child's school building if you think your information might not be current. We highly recommend home and cell phones to be included for emergency situations.
What if a two-hour delay is issued?Bus pickup and school opening are delayed by two hours. Lunch will be served. See the full schedule.
What is the modified kindergarten schedule?
Morning Session: 11:20 am – 1:05 pm
Afternoon Session: 2:05 pm – 3:50 pm
What criteria does the district use to decide to delay or close?
During winter weather, the superintendent consults local weather reports, the national weather service, and police reports. He also consults road crews and the bus company.
The National Weather Service has criteria for each county in Pennsylvania for calling a Wind Chill Advisory. If the wind chill (combination of real temperature and wind speed) is -10 degrees Fahrenheit or lower in Allegheny County, the National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Advisory. When there is a Wind Chill Advisory during morning pick-up time, and temperatures are predicted to rise during the day, school will be delayed. If there is a Wind Chill Advisory that will persist all day, then school may be canceled. Early dismissals for any reason other than an extreme emergency will be avoided if possible. If the forecasted wind chill is near the threshold, the district's standard practice is to wait until the morning for a delay or cancellation decision. A few degrees difference can impact the decision.
How you can prepare
Have a plan in place should there be an early dismissal and your child is sent home on short notice. Although rare, early dismissals are a possibility due to weather or emergency situations. Now is the time to develop a plan with your child(ren).
Be sure your child knows and understands the plan (make it simple). Children will be sent home on their school bus if an unexpected early dismissal occurs. The district's rapid notification system will be activated in the elementary buildings if an early dismissal occurs. Be sure to save 724-625-7773 as a number that will not be blocked on your phone.
- You may also check the website, PRTV, local radio stations and/or TV stations for cancelations, delays and early dismissals.
- Remember to have your children dress appropriately for inclement weather, especially frigid temperatures.
Dressing for Cold Weather
During the winter months, we do hold outdoor recess for our students (K-6) when possible and conditions permit. To ensure your child's comfort, please plan for outdoor recess when preparing or assisting with your child's clothing and outerwear selections each day.Hats, coats, gloves and boots/proper footwear are encouraged to be sent to school with your child throughout the winter months. Students preferring to wear shorts year round should be dressed appropriately for the weather and consider long pants.
Please apply the above information during the winter month for when your child gets on and off the bus and waits for the bus each day.The National National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shared via the National Weather Service a handy infographic to show you the layers and type of dress that should be worn during cold weather conditions.