From the Superintendent's newsletter:
Twice in the past two weeks we have had storms
that have hit the region in the early morning
commuting hours. Orono schools do not currently
have the option of delayed starts and so both
times I needed to cancel school due to the icy
conditions. Likewise, once students are at school,
if the weather turns bad we do not call an early
release, thereby sending kids home early. This
has been our long-standing practice and as I
understand it is very much related to families
having trouble with childcare coverage on these
types of days.
Despite this, I have recently heard from many of
you about your wishes for delayed starts.
Specifically, when the weather presents slick
conditions early on, but holds the promise of
turning better later in the morning.
In addition, there has been a lot of discussion
about the need for additional professional time for
our staff to work on curriculum, instruction and
assessment and to collaborate more deeply as we
work to provide the very best for students. One
thought is to build regular early release days into
next year’s calendar for this work.
On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 the School Board will
be considering this topic, so please plan to attend.
ALSO, please give us your input by completing
this short survey.
Here is a survey from our superintendent about rethinking weather related delay/early dismissals as well as early release days.
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