The winter weather will soon be upon us and it is important to review procedures for school closing or delaying the opening of school due to snow and inclement weather.
The State now allows schools to use virtual learning on snow days so they do not have to make up the days. Since we are not fully 1:1 (only secondary students take home computers each night), using virtual learning on snow days would require us to anticipate closing the day before a weather event to send home computers with elementary students. This scenario is a difficult one for everyone and for a one-day closure, it’s just not practical. However, if we see a large storm coming that could result in several days out of school, we may send home computers and implement virtual learning if the closure lasts multiple days.
The Midway R-I School District may delay the opening of school by two hours when it appears conditions might improve. The decision to close school or to delay the opening of school by two hours will be made by 6:00 a.m. to allow time for the media to broadcast this decision prior to most students preparing for the school day. When school is delayed by two hours, Midway will begin at 10:00.
Local Kansas City TV stations (4, 5, 9, and 41) will be notified by the school district of any delay, early dismissal, or cancellation of school. We still use our automated calling and texting system for all inclement weather notices, and well as Facebook and the district website. Please check multiple sources for school district notifications when the weather is questionable.
Due to the safety of our buses and students being out on the roads, it is unlikely school will be canceled once classes are in session. However, when conditions dictate an early release, the school will be dismissed. The automated calling and texting system will notify parents of any early school dismissal. It is also a good idea to listen to the television stations any time weather conditions are changing or in question. The district website will carry early school dismissal information as soon as decisions are made.
It is very important that parents have plans for younger children if school is dismissed early. In the event a parent is not or cannot be home, arrangements should be made for the child to stay with a friend or neighbor. Families should insist their children dress for protection against prolonged exposure to the weather as a safety precaution.
The decision to hold school or not to hold school is always a difficult one. Every effort will be made to consider the safety of the students, the safety of the faculty, and the convenience of families when making such decisions. Your cooperation and assistance is appreciated. It is always the parent or guardian’s decision to determine the safety of their child during inclement weather. If you have questions regarding school dismissal, call the building in which your child attends or the district office at 250-2994.
Angela Gibson, EdD
Midway R-1 Schools