Planning for Inclement Weather Days
Dear Parents & Guardians,
Over the past several weeks there has been a lot of conversation and debate around inclement weather days and whether or not school districts should implement remote instruction when weather forces the closure of schools due to safety. Though remote instruction appears to be a great solution, school closings due to snow are rare but are most often accompanied in the Pembroke area with widespread power outages. In addition, many of our staff here in Pembroke come from other towns which also may be experiencing widespread power outages which could lead to inconsistency around our ability to run remote instruction.
Our school calendar has days built-in to accommodate up to 5 snow (or other) closings. With these five additional days, our school year would still end by June 25th. At this point, we will NOT be transitioning to remote learning on days when the weather calls for a snow day. If we experience an unusually difficult winter and use all of the days allotted for on our calendar, other plans may be considered.
Also note, if a snow event occurs on a Monday (which is our remote learning day for Pembroke under our hybrid plan) we will follow the same methodology as if it were an in school day. If there is heavy snow and ice accompanied by wind, with potential for widespread power outages we will make a determination on whether school will be held. Any time there is cancellation due to weather, a district-wide notification of school closure will go out from the Superintendent's Office.
As we prepare for what looks to be a significant snow event for most of the area tomorrow, it is our intention to notify families by early evening if there will be a school closure for time.
As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.