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Superintendent Lee's Winter Weather Message

It is winter driving season once again, and we need your help in getting students and staff here safely each and every morning. When snow and ice hit the District, we work with First Student Bus Co. and other area schools to determine if roads are safe to travel. As with anything weather-related, our call is only a best “educated guess” and conditions at 4:30 or 5:30 a.m. might be much different than at 6:30 or 7:30 when buses and students are hitting the roads.

As always, we will err on the side of safety and utilize snow routes when conditions in the hills make driving questionable. We will use late starts when we feel frozen roads create a hazard for our students and employees. Because Mother Nature is fickle and inconsistent, not everyone will see the wisdom of our decisions. We will do our best given the varied terrain and diverse micro climates we serve.

You as parents have the “last call” on any weather-related day. If you feel the conditions are not safe for your child to make it to school and back, then please keep your child safe at home. The school will excuse weather-related absences.

One last note: When we have a change in busing routes, or we have determined we need a late start to the school day, we use Blackboard Connect and activate our All-Call system. Now would be a great time to call your child’s school to make sure we have your correct contact number and email address.  In addition to personal notification via telephone and email, school changes due to inclement weather are broadcast by major television and radio stations.

All technology has a downside, and since ours is dependent on having power, there is always a chance we won’t be able to contact you. If you look outside and see Nature has given us a pile of ice or snow and you haven’t heard from us, call your child’s school or the District Office at 541-582-3235. If the power is not on, then our phones don’t work and school is probably cancelled for the day.

Good luck this winter, and think warm thoughts!