I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday break and I wish everyone a Happy New Year, 2023. The holiday break this year was as long as it has been in my tenure due to the crazy weather that we had before Christmas and after New Year’s Day.
At the time of this writing, we have used all of our allotted E-Learning days. State statute allows districts to use up to 5 E-Learning days per school year for weather related cancellations. We have also had two other weather day cancellations where E-Learning was not used. The hope is that this is it for the year but being a realist, we probably have many more days ahead of possible inclement weather and days where we will be late, cancelled, or let out of school early. Moving forward for this year, any day called off will be added to the end of the year (after Memorial Day). Please plan accordingly when planning your calendar that the school calendar is most likely going to change.
Making the decision to cancel or delay school can sometimes be difficult. I do not take my responsibility for the safety of students and staff 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.
Even with all of the weather cancellations so far this year, it is hard to believe that the 2022-2023 school year is at the midpoint on January 20th. The second semester begins on Tuesday, January 24. As the amount of daylight continues to grow each day now, we can look forward to the warmer days of spring! As we begin the second half of 2022-2023 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 Apple devices to stay up to date on everything MCC.
Happy New Year!
Joe W. Meyer – Superintendent