It is hard to believe that we are midway through the second quarter of the 2015- 2016 school year. The winter season is quickly approaching and with that, comes the threat of bad weather. The decision to delay the start of school, dismiss school early, or close school for the day is a very difficult decision to make. When we must adjust the school day, the safety of our students is always first in our minds. Many of our students come from families where both parents work so it is very important that parents plan now for the possibility of a school closing, a delay, or an early dismissal.
While the decision to close school, delay the start of school, or dismiss early is made as early as possible, there is always the possibility that parents may not be at home when the announcement is made. If this is the case, children need to know the plan for the altered school day. Listed below is a sample of the type of questions parents should think about and discuss with their children:
1) In the event of a delay, early dismissal, or school closure and parents are not at home, what do you want your child to do?
2) If an emergency early dismissal is announced, is someone else going to pick up your child? Has this information been communicated to your child and to his/her school?
3) If an emergency early dismissal is announced, will your child go to someone else’s home? Has this information been communicated to your child and to his/her school?
4) If an early dismissal is announced, will you be picking up your child? If this is different than the regular routine, has this information been communicated to your child and to his/her school?
Taking the time to periodically review with your child the procedures for an altered school day will help prevent anxiety on the part of parents, children, and school staff. Please remember that once the decision to alter the school day is made, area TV and radio stations are immediately alerted so parents can get the information as quickly as possible. The information is also posted on the district’s website and, when possible, a One Call is sent to parents and staff.
As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.