The combination of dangerous air temperatures and wind chills to start the day, coupled with some roads that continue to be slick, create another situation where we will need to close schools on Tuesday. We recognize that this is a frustrating time for everyone, but as this is an exceptional winter so far, we will continue to error on the side of safety.
We see that by mid-day, the temperatures will increase and the winds should have dissipated quite a bit. This is why there will be some optional practices for middle school and high school students. It by no means validates comments that sports is more important than school, and just as many people were upset that there was no practice today as are upset there may be some practices on Tuesday.
Some also ask why we do not operate “late starts” like some do during inclement weather. We believe that these types of schedules can be even more challenging for students and parents, as well as creating great potential for surprises for drivers not used to seeing buses at later times. We worry about children being unattended at later bus stops during this time of extreme cold due to parents having to leave earlier for work .
Certainly there is no perfect formula to making decisions related to school closing, early dismissals, etc. and much like some fans serving as sports experts, I recognize that there are no shortage of opinions about whether or not school should be open, closed, practices held or not, etc.
I’m grateful for your patience and grateful for well wishes for much warmer weather and the end of winter. Sadly, the Almanac says we’re in for some more cold, snow and wind over the next several weeks. Hope to see everyone back in their desks on Wednesday! Scott Kuffel, Superintendent