Feb 112014

SNOWFrom Supt. Lynn McMullin regarding the snowstorm threatening to impact our area:

Please read this letter carefully and in its entirety. It details plans for this week’s school schedule should Thursday, February 13th and Friday, February 14th be weather-impacted.

I am using this current forecast from New Haven: “A snow/ice weather event is forecast to begin Thursday morning from 4:00 a.m. – 7: 00 a.m. with heaviest accumulations in the mid-morning to afternoon. Some snow/ice mixing is possible for later in the day and evening. Another round of all snow is forecast for Thursday night with a rough ending estimate of 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. on Friday. Early predictions for accumulation: 6″ to 12″ across the state.”

Thus, these two (2) possibilities exist:

1. IF, the storm dissolves and is a complete miss and we have NO weather-related cancellations, delays or dismissals: We will follow our schedule as regularly planned for this week with a minimum day on Friday.

2. IF the weather forecast is correct, and the Orange Elementary has ANY cancellation, delay, or early dismissal, or ANY combination of the three: We will have a 1:25 dismissal for MLT and a 3:00 Friday dismissal for RB, TH, and PP (as if Friday were a full day of school).

NOTE: It is understood that some families have made vacation plans which begin Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Any children with such plans will be guaranteed an excused absence or excused dismissal to meet their family’s needs. We do NOT expect families with vacation plans to change their plans at such short notice.

Here are some sample scenarios:

 Thursday Closed and Friday Open: If the weather is significantly bad on Thursday, we would be closed. On Friday, we would cancel the minimum day and have a full day of school. Valentines’ Day would go on as planned and students would be dismissed at 1:25 p.m. for MLT and 3:00 p.m. for the elementary schools.

 Thursday Closed and Friday Delayed-Opening: If the weather is significantly bad on Thursday, but improves enough during the morning on Friday to allow for a delayed opening, we would cancel the minimum day and school would dismiss at 1:25 for MLT and 3:00 p.m. for the elementary schools. Valentines’ Day would take place in the schools as fits with this delayed opening.

This change in schedule is aimed at preserving instructional time in a particularly challenging winter. In the event of a possible delayed opening on Friday’s minimum day, by canceling the minimum day, we will be able to: 1. save a snow day; 2. allow for instruction to take place; and 3. allow for Valentines’ Day celebrations.

I realize some families have already made vacation plans for Friday afternoon and will be inconvenienced by having to sign-out their children from the elementary schools at 1:00 p.m. On the other hand, this shift in the hours will be much appreciated by teachers, staff members, and other members of our school community for a wide variety of reasons.

Sincerely and in the best interests of our children,

Lynn K. McMullin

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