When considering whether it is safe enough to conduct school during inclement weather, I typically consider a couple of factors:
• The amount of snowfall or ice and the impact of the storm on road conditions and the district's ability to safely transport students.
• Whether blowing and drifting snow is also predicted along with extremely cold temperatures.
We are fortunate that most of our students do not wait outside for a bus for longer than 10 minutes. Few students walk to and from school. The transportation department staff also takes additional steps on cold weather days including keeping spare buses and vehicles on stand-by in the event of a bus break down.
I recognize the hardship that school cancellations can create for parents. We will make every effort to conduct school whenever we can safely transport students and as long as our staff can also safely travel to and from school. Safety will always be the foremost factor in our decision making. If at all possible we will try to make a decision the night before to allow as much notice to parents as possible.
Part of life in the Midwest is dealing with challenging winter mornings, and I appreciate your support by reminding your children to dress appropriately for the conditions. This includes ensuring that children are wearing long pants, coats, gloves/mittens, and hats.
Thanks for your continued support for Unity Schools!