Snow day! Those two words conjure up childhood visions of sledding, hot chocolate and an amazing feeling of freedom! For our students, there is a part of me that hopes they get to experience this feeling.
There are many considerations that go into the decision to call off school because of weather. There are also many differing opinions on how bad the conditions need to get to cancel school!
One message I would like to communicate to parents is that if you feel the weather is too dangerous for travel, please keep your children home. Contact the school to let them know of your concern. This is a situation that can be resolved through communication.
According to our district policy, USD 113 will make up days that are missed in excess of four school days. After that, there is a formula that is used to determine what day will be used as a make-up day. The policy is specific about days required for notification.
In the event we would need to have make-up days this year, I would encourage parents who have family or religious activities planned for those days, to communicate with the school(s). This is also a situation that can be resolved through communication.
For the earliest possible notification of school being canceled for inclement weather, go to: http://www.usd113.org/. Under the “District” tab is the “Text Alerts” link. Follow the directions to sign up to get the earliest notification.
As a superintendent, I hope that we have a calm, mild winter; but having lived in this part of the Midwest my whole life, I know that is not likely!