Dear Parents, Students and Staff:
In the aftermath of the WINTER KNIFE STORM, it is the responsibility of my office to develop a plan that will ensure that all buildings are safe and functional before returning to a normal school schedule. In order to ensure the safety of students and school personnel, it is essential to evaluate the following:
Roofs—the District Architect and their structural engineer will inspect all school district roofs to determine their condition after they have been cleared of snow.
Building Systems—heating and plumbing systems as well as overall building inspections must be completed and confirmation made that systems are working and all buildings are in proper condition to resume school.
Snow Removal—the District has contracted with an outside firm to remove the snow in the school parking lots and bus loops. Custodians and maintenance workers will be working over the weekend to guarantee that schools are ready for students’ return.
Returning to School—the first day of school will be decided after it has been determined that school roofs are safe, building systems are working properly, and it is safe for student travel. No one is to go into any District building without permission from the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent.
Communication—the District website as well as Global Connect calls will continue to keep parents, students, and staff informed.
You should be aware that there may be an impact to the current school calendar due to the November snow days. The District Administrators and Board of Education will meet to discuss the possibilities for make-up days in the event of this problem. The Commissioner of Education will only grant a variance to the minimum number of days required for schools to be in session AFTER ALL vacation days have been used up.
Please be assured that we are working diligently to confirm that our buildings are safe. We are doing so as expeditiously as possible so that we can return to a normal school schedule.
Anne G. Spadone