OUR WINTER WEATHER
Please allow me to take a moment and respond to many comments, questions, and some misunderstandings about school delays and/or closings and what really goes on "behind the scenes" when making these types of decisions.
No doubt, it is very cold. We may only get temporary relief in the short term. Let me say that I personally take these decisions very seriously and, quite honestly, agonize over them for hours at 3:00AM in the morning when we have the potential for snow and/or cold weather. These are some of the toughest decisions I have to make because most of the time there is no clear cut answer. Many people have told me that the district is making the right call. Yes, it is very cold but it is also winter in the northeast and we take many precautions by planning appropriately and thinking through the following:
• Busses are kept inside our bus garage overnight (with minimal heat) and warm up quickly before they pick up students. Districts where busses are kept outdoors overnight have trouble starting and/or warming up on the inside by the time students need to be picked up.
• We have instructed all bus drivers to stop along their routes to ask any walker if they want a ride (no matter how close they are to school) and have also asked the drivers to wait for students at their bus stop so that students do not have to wait outside as we see some students not dressed appropriately given the weather conditions.
• I track the weather constantly using various sources and look at wind chill factors and the weather by the hour. Most of the time when it is this cold, the temperature will only improve by a few degrees between 7:00am for an 8:00am start to school and 9:00am for a 10:00am start (two hour delay). In some cases the negative wind chill factor has actually increased by 9:00am. The disruptions to the education of our students, to our school schedule, and to our working families with child care needs, for a two hour delay when the temperature only improves a couple of degrees helps to guide us in making the correct call.
Finally, I get asked many, many times; "Why does Addison have school when many other districts are on a two hour delay?" The simple answer is this: Every district is different and the variables are different. For example: more walkers than bus riders; more open areas with higher wind speeds and gusts; somewhat wide temperature variations between districts; busses parked outside overnight vs. inside; districts near water/lakes; and other various factors/reasons depending on the individual dynamics, expectations, and culture of the district.
Ultimately and in all cases, while taking into account what is going on in our region, we will do what is best for the Addison community at large; making sure to be safe, respectful, and responsible!
Take care and think spring!
In accordance with Education Law 3012-c(10) the Addison Central School District will make available to Parents or Legal Guardians your child's current Teacher's Final Rating and Composite Effectiveness score beginning October 18, 2013. You must make this request to the Director of Curriculum & Instruction and will be required to come to the school for a very brief meeting. Call 359-2090 to schedule an appointment.
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