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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