School Closing Information
Dear Staff, Parents, and Students:
I would like to start this letter with a big thank you! The staff, parents, students, and our community have been incredibly supportive of the crazy amount of snow days our school has had to endure. Your patience and understanding is appreciated more than you know. Anytime a snow day is called, it causes difficulties with our families. Many of our families have had to make accommodations to stay home from work to be with their children. Thank you to our local community for giving our families the flexibility to do just that. Your understanding doesn't go unnoticed. We are proud to be a part of such a great community.
The safety of our students is always our first priority. Every single day that there is a potential weather event, all 9 local Superintendents and all 9 Transportation Directors in Gratiot and Isabella Counties begin conversations between 4:30 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. Many additional conversations go into the final decision. These often include the local authorities, County Road Commissioners, County Emergency Managers, and during the two most recent storms, have included the National Weather Service.
As you know we have had a substantial amount of snow days and delays this school year. To date we have had 14 snow days and 3 delays. This year has been one of the worst winters I have encountered as a Superintendent. I have been asked several times in the last week about the last day of school and when it would be. I realize that people have made travel plans or other plans after school gets out, but it is impossible for me to give an end date for the 18-19 school year at this point. We still have a lot of winter left, and we could have more days off in the future.
There have also been some bills introduced to the legislature that if made into law, could change how we have to calculate the time we need to make up. The State of Michigan allows us 6 days. We also have the ability to request 3 additional days of forgiveness, but there is no guarantee we will be granted those days. We have to make up 8 school days based on what we know today.
I want to thank all of you again for your patience and understanding as we attempt to get through this winter weather together.
Educationally yours, Kristi Teall