In Preparation for Possible School Emergency Closures
As the seasons change we experience shifts in the educational setting as well. Students and parents feel more at ease with school procedures and flow. We are halfway through the second quarter with semester tests just weeks away. Yet, between the calming effect of familiarity of routines and the knowledge of the holiday hustle ahead, the district continues the work of improvement and learning. Daily attendance is key to student learning. Each missed school day is a lost opportunity for student learning. Teacher effectiveness is the highest correlate to student success. Research on high school dropouts shows a history of negative behaviors, including high levels of absenteeism. The schools work with families to encourage daily attendance and as a district we consider each school day important.
After Snowpocalypse 2017, administrators across the state discuss The Old Farmer’s Almanac predictions for this year. The predictions from the almanac are considered 80% accurate and are made 18 months in advance. With that in mind, my readings indicate that December may have below average temperatures and significantly greater precipitation than normal. Yet January and February are predicted along normal trends. No matter the accuracy of these predictions, we are prepared for emergencies with procedures for determining when and how to close schools if necessary. As the Superintendent of Payette Schools, I work closely with our transportation director, Steve Phillips, and neighboring Superintendents to make such decisions. We will communicate any school closures as early as possible to assist families in making proper arrangements for children. Please check the following resources for up to date information and update your email and cell numbers in our student information system for accurate communication.
- Main page of the District website payetteschools.org
- School Reach will send out text, robo-calls and email alerts
- Local TV stations: KTVB 7, KIVI 6, KBOI 2
- Local radio stations: KSRV 96.1 FM, KBOI 670 AM
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We would like to thank Jenna Lee Ryan, certified athletic trainer at Saint Alphonsus, for being at our sporting activities and keeping our athletes’ safe