Criteria for Inclement Weather



If there is a question as to whether a snow day or inclement weather day will be called or not, the Superintendent, Manager of Transportation, and Director of Maintenance and Operations begin checking weather reports and road conditions at 3:00 A.M. They actually drive the bus routes. If these routes are safe for buses to travel and if the school sites are cleared of snow and safe to occupy, school will remain in session. If these routes are not safe for buses to travel or we are unable to clear school sites of snow, the decision to call a snow day must be made by 5:00 A.M.

Also taken into consideration is whether the buses will be able to travel the afternoon routes when school is dismissed.  


Weather conditions sometimes result in bus runs taking longer to complete. When this happens, students at Big Bear High School and Big Bear Middle School may be dismissed 30 minutes early in order for buses to be on time to pick up students at Baldwin Lane Elementary, North Shore Elementary, and Big Bear Elementary Schools. If early dismissal is called, all enrichment/intervention programs will be cancelled.  


Once the decision to cancel school is made at 5:00 A.M. a phone chain is activated. The principals change recordings at school sites, the District Office changes their snowline message, a district wide dial out to parents, guardians, and staff is activated, and information is posted on the District App, Website ( and Facebook Page.  


The Executive Assistant posts the school closure information on the following channels/stations: 

School District Website

Big Bear Grizzly


Channel 7 News

Channel 4 News

Channel 2 & 9 News

Channel 5 News   


Typically, the school sites and District Office phones will be busy with calls. We suggest you listen to the message on the district-wide dial out, view messages on the District App, Website, Facebook Page, and tune in to one or more of the above stations for information. We cannot control whether these stations will air the information provided; please view or listen to more than one of the above. 

The information will be continually updated in order for the most current information to be available. 


The ultimate decision to send a child to school rests with the parent. If you do not think it is safe for your individual child to attend school, it is your choice. Please note if school is in session and your child stays home, it will be counted as an unexcused absence.



It is the mission of Bear Valley Unified School District to educate, inspire, and prepare all students by creating innovative learning environments where students can thrive academically, contribute to society, and lead healthy, purposeful lives.