Superintendent's Message

January 29, 2019

Dear Families,

This winter has brought forth several extreme weather conditions that continue to impact our school day and calendar.  We realize that our decision to close schools in inclement weather has a large impact on District families, and I thought it would be helpful to share the factors that go into a weather-related school closing. Our goal is to always have school, whenever possible, knowing that students are best served by being in class. However, when Mother Nature throws a curve ball, we must keep staff and student safety as our top priority when making this decision.

Several factors go into making the call on a snow day, including:

  • Information on current road conditions
    • Conditions are monitored throughout the night, and again at approximately 4-5 AM by District personnel.
  • Amount of snow and ice accumulated 
  • Duration and timing of the snow and/or ice event
  • Temperature and wind chill (for safety of walkers and students at bus stops--we use a -15 wind chill for a sustained amount of time as a "cold weather closure" guide.
  • School building conditions (electricity, heat, water)
  • Current weather conditions, along with predicted weather, but closures cannot be determined solely on predictions.
  • Will buses be operational and running on schedule?
  • Consultation with County Road Commission, City Public Works personnel and other nearby school districts

​Please be sure that you have a plan in place for your children for any such emergency situation.  We will make a decision to change our start time or close school as soon as possible.  We are hopeful for an end to our extreme weather conditions but are prepared to make these decisions when necessary.

With Hawk Pride…

Dr. Kerry L. Cox, Superintendent


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