Winter is upon us and 2014's arrival is fast approaching. We want to wish all of our school district residents and supporters a joyous and happy holiday season on behalf of our Board and administration staff. Weather is always a concern regarding its effect on the school day and after school events. The media outlets often raise the level of concern when bad conditions are possible. Here are a few reminders and informational items:
- School day changes will be communicated to parents by our telephone alert system, as well as via Cleveland television stations Channels 3, 5, and 8. We suggest checking both systems on bad weather mornings.
- While we want to announce adjustments as soon as possible, we also need to have schools open and operating as often as possible when conditions are safe to do so. At times decisions are not made until the last minute before busses are to be sent out for their first runs.
- Due to many factors regarding our district, we do not expect to employ 2 hour delays for weather related reasons. On the basis of weather, we will either be open or closed for the full day. Any 2 hour delays would be for things such as teacher training, and would be pre-announced well in advance.
- We will generally not make decisions on school closing based on "probable/possible" forecasts. Things can change and an unnecessary closing could be the result of a premature decision.
- High school after school athletics and other events might not necessarily be cancelled on a calamity day. Understandably road and weather conditions could improve during the daytime hours and possibly the scheduled events might go on. Check each on an individual basis.
The Southeast Local School District comprises a larger area than most school districts. One of our unique circumstances is that frequently, weather and road conditions can be very different at the northern and southern ends of our area. Safety is the prime concern. Please be very cautious if sending young high school drivers into challenging morning road conditions.
With Safety and Learning,
Thomas Inchak, Interim Superintendent