This morning I awoke to a fresh coating of snow on the ground, with temperatures below 30 degrees. According to the local weather expert, it has been nearly 7 months since we have seen snow and experienced such cold temperatures. However, more cold and snow is inevitable, and these will quickly become part of our daily routines for many months to come. It is winter in Maine!
As we begin our journey into the winter months, we need not be reminded that travel can at times become quite hazardous. Each new weather system brings the potential for the opening of school to be delayed, or perhaps even cancelled. Each year, we have multiple delays and cancellations, and even though “snow days” are inconvenient, they are a necessity.
Between the months of November and April, we assess road conditions very early each morning that we experience inclement weather. If a decision is made to delay or cancel school, we strive to inform everyone by 5:30 a.m. However, conditions can sometimes change quickly and that decision can be delayed until after 5:30 a.m. If this is the case, we will do our best to inform you as quickly as possible before the scheduled start of school. In the event that school is delayed or cancelled, and you are a student, parent, or school employee; you will be personally informed via text message, phone call, and/or email. Delays and school closure announcements are also reported by local television and radio stations. If you do not receive a text, phone call, or email on our next delay or snow day, please be sure to ask your school secretary to update your information in our system. On the other hand, if you are receiving a call, text, or email, and you do not want to, please be sure that we know to remove you from the call list.
As we prepare for the winter months, please know that we take road conditions and student transportation very seriously. Making the decision to delay or cancel school is serious business, and it starts in the very early hours of the morning. As a general rule, these decisions are made in collaboration with regional school districts, transportation directors, and road crews. If we can reasonably ensure safe transportation to school, we go to school. If we cannot reasonably ensure safe transportation of our students, we will delay or cancel school.
I wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving! May your day be full with family and friends, and your heart be filled with happiness.
Paul Austin, Superintendent