The number one priority of all HPA faculty and staff is the safety of all students. School officials will assess each situation and make decisions based on conditions. In the event of inclement weather before the start of the school day officials will attempt to decide on closings and delays before 6:00 a.m. When a decision is made, local radio and television stations are notified and will be broadcast to the public immediately. These decisions will also be posted on the school website and other various communication tools.
SHELTER IN PLACE:
Shelter in place means weather conditions outside should be avoided by staying indoors. During events like thunderstorms, lightning, tornado warnings students will be brought into the building and held until conditions have improved and are deemed safe. Should these conditions occur during dismissal, students may be held inside until conditions improve and the dismissal process can resume safely. Parents who have already arrived may wait inside their cars or park in the designated area and come inside to pick up their children.
In the event of a delayed start, the school will open after the regularly scheduled time. For example, if the delay is two hours the school building will open at 9:15 A.M. instead of the regular 7:15 A.M. Classes would begin at 10:00 A.M. Students should not arrive before the delayed opening time (teachers will not be here to supervise them). The school will dismiss at the regular time. During the delay, parents/students should monitor local news outlets in case the delay is extended.
If the school is closed the HPA campus will not be open for any students or teachers. All scheduled activities, meetings, and athletic events are also canceled or postponed.
EVENING ACTIVITIES CANCELLED:
If travel conditions become hazardous after school has been dismissed, evening meetings and activities may be canceled.
School days missed due to inclement weather will be made up on the designated day on the school calendar. In the event, the days missed exceed the number of designated make-up days school officials may deem it necessary to add days to the end of the school year.