I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and I wish everyone a Happy New Year in 2020. It is hard to believe that the 2019-2020 school year is at the midpoint on January 20th. The second semester begins on Tuesday, January 21st. As the amount of daylight continues to grow each day now, we can look forward to the warmer days of spring!
I am a realist though and realize that we do have many days ahead of possible inclement weather and possible days where we will be late, cancelled, or let out of school early. Weather related delays and/or closures are usually a topic of concern this time of year, especially when there is a forecast of measurable amounts of snow, ice, or possible snow storms. We have had one snow day and one late start so far this school year that has been related to weather. It would be nice not to have any more but those chances are probably slim. As a reminder, the snow day that we did have is one that we do not make up as it is built into the calendar. Any additional days off will be added to the end of the school year.
Making the decision to cancel or delay school can sometimes be difficult. I do not take my responsibility for the safety of students lightly. When a decision is made either way, I do understand that weather conditions may vary throughout the District so there may be isolated areas where weather conditions have changed. With this in mind, the District has in policy that students will not be penalized for weather related absences as long as the District is notified. Parents have the option to keep their children home if they think conditions are not favorable. If conditions change during the school day, parents have the option to take their children home as well without any attendance penalties.
Bus safety and winter weather go hand in hand. Students are much safer riding the bus than in their personal vehicle during the winter months. The District will not compromise student safety if there is a question as to whether to have school or a late start but if it is determined that buses can travel safely throughout the school district we will most likely be in session.
As we begin the second half of 2019-2020 school year, parents please encourage your children to embrace the opportunity to finish strong and make this a great second half of the year. If we work together collaboratively, we can assure that each student in the District receives the best education possible. We expect that your children will respect the rules of their school, their teachers and the rights of other students. We will reaffirm with our staff the expectations to model respectful behavior toward students and parents as well.
As always; call, email, or stop into the District office if you have questions or concerns. Check out our website at www.mcc.mntm.org and download our school app on your Android or iPhone devices to stay up to date on everything MCC. GO REBELS!