"Weather" Or Not
District 10 tries to schedule as many student days as we can within each school year. There are other days that call for teachers to be in school for additional education or learning. There is also an allowance for severe weather each year. State requirements are in place that govern the hours that our students are in class. This means that if weather prevents our school from having classes for two or three days each year, our state mandated hours are still met or exceeded. When we miss our fourth school day, though, we are at that state limit, and could result in “making up” that missed day with one later in the spring, usually during one of our scheduled breaks.
If severe weather threatens our students and staff, we will inform our students and parents in three ways:
1.) Our School Messenger System allows us to place electronic calls to home and cell phones that are listed in our data base. This method is very complete, just requiring those that are called to say hello so the message will begin. Without a response from the home or cell phone being called, the message will not begin. Whenever your phone numbers change, or if you would prefer to not receive these calls, contact Mrs. Gina Benda at 487-3330.
2.) Our school web site www.hemingfordschools.org will have updated information on the front page if a schedule change is planned.
3.) News Outlets - Our local newspaper, The Hemingford Ledger, http://www.starherald.com/hemingford_ledger/front/ our local radio stations in Alliance (KCOW) and Chadron, (KCSR) and the Mobius Website will also have the same information.
Notification will always be made as soon as a decision is made, as early as 6AM in the morning. There will doubtless be times when the weather in one part of our large district will vary with other parts of the district. Because we bus many students, and because many faculty members also have long drives to work, the district will err on the side of caution when considering late starts, early dismissals, or cancelling classes.
Because of that same distance and district size, and also because our parents are in a far better position to decide individually how their own roads and conditions are, I encourage parents to consider keeping their kids at home, even if classes are still being held, if conditions in that part of the district warrant it. Having your own kids leave class early to head home with you is also a prudent thing that we encourage if weather in your neck of the woods calls for it.
Activities and Sports
On days when classes are cancelled because of severe weather, there will be no activity or sports contests or practices held. On days when there is an early dismissal for severe weather, the same procedure will be followed.
Though we have all been hearing how this winter will unfold, all we really know is that
- there will be cold weather,
- there will be snow, and
- there will be wind.
We will all find out together how much of each of those ends up getting here. Stay warm and stay safe!