Snow days will still exist when unexpected conditions occur!
We were recently contacted by WFMJ concerning inclement weather for this upcoming winter season. We responded with the students’ needs and their safety being the center of each decision made.
We are uniquely positioned and we will still likely have traditional “calamity days” where we are above the minimum hours for student participation. This year, even yearly hours do not quite apply. Bottom line, unexpected conditions will result in the closing of school.
As an educator, there are a number of concerns: 1. it is likely there will be no two hour delays when we are on a staggered start and dismissal this year. 2. With no two hour delays we might quickly reach five days off. 3. Students are already receiving a shortened day and we need to maintain as much access to quality instruction as possible.
Therefore, let’s take a potentially difficult situation and turn it into a positive practice. If we know inclement weather is unavoidable with undisputable forecasts we will practice early courtesy and notify parents that we will schedule a remote learning experience (approx. 1day in advance). To keep staff safe on those days, staff can perform duties from home. During extreme temperature days we can exercise the same practice, but potentially staff still report to the building if not too extreme.
Students are receiving less direct instruction than in previous years due to the pandemic and we know you are all concerned about their progress. We are making every effort to maximize student instructional time. ?If we know bad weather is obvious, we will guarantee students take their devices home and able to connect virtually.
We will still conduct early morning calls concerning unexpected inclement weather. During such unexpected conditions, snow days will still exist!