Delays & Cancellations
Notification of Closures
Hancock Public Schools will push our messaging through
our PowerSchool system. It will text your cell phone(s),
send out an email to your email address, and for those
that want call your phone with a pre-recorded message
noting the closure. If you are unsure of the information
you have on file with the Hancock Public Schools please
call the school secretary where your students are
Listen to/watch local radio
and television stations.
Inclement Weather Procedures
As we move into the winter season, I wanted to update
you on how decisions are made to cancel schools or
declare a late start to schools (opening 2 hours late).
Step 1: At around 5 a.m. George
Stockero, Superintendent of the Copper Country
Intermediate School District is in communication with
the Houghton County Road Commission on the status of the
roads. From that discussion a decision is made to a)
open schools, b) have a late start for plows to catch
up, or c) close area k-12 schools for the day.
Step 2: At approximately 6 a.m. Mr
Stockero will notify local radio stations and TV 6 & TV
10 that schools are either closed or starting late that
At this time Hancock Public Schools
will be sending our texts, calls, and emails to parents
through our PowerSchool system to our student’s parents
If our schools decide to
open and storm conditions develop during the school day,
Mr. Stockero consults with school superintendents and
the Road Commission to determine if an early closure is
warranted. We try to have all districts close at the
same time to limit confusion.
It should be noted, if Road Commission officials do not
call Mr. Stockero before 1:00 pm concerning a
recommendation to close, schools will remain in session
until regular dismissal time. This occurs because it
takes a minimum of one hour to mobilize buses for an
STARTS FOR GRADES K-12 - In recent
years, delayed starts have become an alternative to full
snow days. On days such as these the storm has usually
passed and the county snowplows only need some extra
time to clear the roads. Again, such announcements will
be broadcast by the local radio stations starting
between 6:00 – 6:30 AM. An email will be sent out to the
parent listserv. On delayed start days, school will
begin at 10:15 AM (MS/HS) & 10:20 AM (Elementary). The
bus drivers will begin their routes 2 hours later than
usual. You will need to calculate the adjusted time for
the bus to arrive at your home on delayed start days by
using the information mentioned above.
BREAKFAST IS NOT SERVED ON LATE-START DAYS.
EARLY DISMISSAL - On occasion school
must be dismissed early in the morning or afternoon due
to an approaching storm. In such instances the
announcements will be broadcast by the radio stations
during short intervals to alert parents. An email will
also be sent to the parent listserv. Please be sure that
the early dismissal information that you provided to the
schools is always accurate.
SCHEDULED SPORTING EVENTS - Please
listen to the radio stations regarding scheduled
games/contests on days when school is canceled or
dismissed early. Coaches will contact players in the
event of a change in schedule.
THE GE BULLDOG AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM IS CLOSED 0N
AND ANY WEATHER-INDUCED EARLY DISMISSALS.