I don’t know about all of you, but I am ready for spring. This cold
weather is difficult to deal with on a personal level and it creates
unique problems for schools. We have used three snow days so far this
year and our calendar allows for two. This means that we need to make
up one day. That day will be on February 14th. This was
scheduled for an in-service day for teachers and a day off for students,
but instead it will be a regular school day for everyone. Teachers and
students will be off on Monday, February 17th. If we have
another snow day, we will need to use the Monday after spring break as a
regular school day. Please remember that when making plans.
In bad weather, dismissal is always a struggle. Parents want to get
their children quickly and the school wants to do what is the best for
all of us. We tried a new dismissal procedure last week during our
early dismissal which was successful. Walkers and those taking a bus
were dismissed normally and everyone else was dismissed from the gym.
We will be using this in the future for bad weather. That means heavy
rain, snow or extreme cold. Dismissing from the gym keeps your children
and the teachers safe from the effects of the bad weather.
The office was swamped last week with people picking students up
prior to dismissal. We can’t prevent you from doing this but it does
create a bit of chaos with crowds in the office and many phone calls to
classrooms. We encourage you to wait until normal dismissal time
whenever possible. Regular dismissal is three and early
dismissal is 1:35. There is one restriction, however, that we will
follow. Students will not be dismissed in the last 15 – 20 min before
the scheduled time. That means 2:45 on a normal day and 1:15 on an
early dismissal day. Teachers need that time to get their
classes ready for dismissal and if we continually interrupt them it
makes it very difficult.
We ask that when students are dismissed from the gym parents make sure they speak with the teacher before taking their child.
Thank you all for your help and cooperation on our last early
dismissal day. It was a stressful day for all. I appreciated the
cooperation and patience of parents and I appreciated the efforts of our
teachers. Teachers stayed around making sure that all students were
safe before they left for home themselves. For some, the ride home
turned into a 3-5 hour adventure.
Stay safe and warm through the remainder of this cold spell.