Anne Bradstreet said, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant…” Given the winter we have experienced, I’m inclined to believe that this year’s spring will be a long awaited relief for students, parents, and especially educators.
We are well into the new semester and Old Man Winter has continued to disrupt by causing delays, early dismissals, and closings. Although every second spent in class is of paramount importance, administrators and staff members recognize the far greater value of the safety of our students and staff. As the cold days continue and the threat of bad weather looms, I ask that parents, students, and community members remember that decisions regarding school delays, early dismissals, and closings are never made lightly. After consulting numerous sources, I make the best decision I can with what information I can gather. When in doubt, I will always err on the side of caution - choosing to protect the safety of staff and students over the minor inconvenience of adjusting the academic calendar. Just as we have in years past, the school system has purchased the SchoolReach Call Home Program which will notify you of changes to the school schedule. I ask that you remember that this call home program is merely a piece of technology, and as we know, technology is not always dependable. When there seems to be potential for school delay or closing, please do not rely solely on a phone call as your only means of information. Local TV and radio stations are also notified of changes to our routine, and they keep this information up-to-date and accurate. Pay close attention to local stations to get school closing information.
As you are trying to keep warm, just remember that when we finally are able to return to some sense of stability and regularity that a special effort will be made to assure that Grainger County schools live up to the motto of TEACH. LEARN. SUCCEED. In the meantime, think warm thoughts and hope that we are fortunate enough to have the cool weather move out quickly.
Director of Schools