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Schroeder explains process of declaring delays and closings

Friday, December 26, 2008

Dan Schroeder
Winter is in full force, and the dilemma of snow days and schedule changes are in effect.

"Weather reports are monitored as soon as we know tumultuous weather is coming," Clay Community School Corporation Supt. Dan Schroeder said. "(CCSC Transportation Director) Frank Misner, (CCSC Director of Buildings and Grounds) Tom Reberger and myself drive the roads and check conditions at school parking lots and bus routes."

In many instances, local law enforcement is notified and their recommendation is taken under advisement.

"If school needs to be delayed or canceled, we try to get that information out to local media as soon as possible so that parents can plan accordingly," he said.

The State of Indiana says that in order for school to be counted as a full day of instruction, it must start by 10 a.m.

Because of the missed school days Schroeder says students can plan on being in school on Feb.16, 2009, and beyond the second semester ending date.

"The State of Indiana says that students need to be in school for 180 days, so any missed days will be made up during already scheduled-in make up days and added at the end of the school year," he said. "Students in the Clay Community School Corporations will be making up missed days."

Due to the inclement weather on Dec. 17 and 18, schools were placed on a two-hour delay and eventually cancelled, even with the end of semester finals scheduled.

"We feel that the safety of the students is more important than staying on schedule for finals, so school was canceled," Schroeder told The Brazil Times. "At that time employees from the central office, myself and the principals from Northview High School, North Clay Middle School and Clay City Junior/Senior High School, who were in contact with some teachers, had a meeting and the decision to change the finals dates and times was made."

"We felt that it would cause the least amount of disruption and be in the best interest of the students," Schroeder added.

If inclement weather prevents finals from taking place again Schroeder said that the committee would meet again to discuss the changes that would need to be made.

"We hope that the weather cooperates and school will not have to be cancelled," Schroeder said. "But if it needs to be done then it will be."

Just a reminder

The final exam schedule for students returning to school on Jan. 5, 2009, first semester will end on Jan. 6, 2009, second semester will start on Jan. 7, 2009:

* North Clay Middle School: Jan. 5, final exams, first, third, fifth and seventh periods; Jan. 6, final exams second, fourth, sixth, and eight periods, and

* Northview High School and Clay City Jr./Sr. High School: Jan. 5, final exams, first, second and third periods (two hour blocks); Jan. 6, final exams, fourth, fifth and sixth periods (two hour blocks).

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You guys should consider the students safety more then, because you don't have good judgement on when to cancel or delay school. I recall a day where the highway was covered in about a 1/4 of an inch of ice, and we still had school. I stepped out of my car in the school parking lot and almost fell. The reason being is because nobody laid salt down, or sand. Then again, on the last day before christmas break the roads were not that bad, but you gave us a 2 hour delay when it wasn't needed. You should talk more to the staff of the schools and ask them what they think, if you can't get it right.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Sat, Dec 27, 2008, at 12:27 AM


I must disagree with you about that last day of school. Though temperatures had risen there were still some icy patches due to the ground being so frozen. Not on main parts of roads but under the puddles and along shoulders. The rapid warming also caused a lot of fog that morning as those who traveled to work before 8 AM can attest to. Those two hours gave the bus drivers and those driving to the schools better driving conditions.

It's a pain in the neck I realize to change plans for the day but the school MUST err on the side of safety when it comes to people's lives. Both students' and staff's.

I do wish however that the corporation would put a few more snow days into the calendar though as some years moving the graduation date an entire week makes it impossible for out of state relatives to attend, Especially when vacation time or airline tickets have to be arranged far in advance. Extending the school year also can cause problems for those who have planned vacations right after school lets out. With all the summer activities such as 4H, athletic practices etc, some years the best window of opportunity for a family vacation is right after school is over.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Dec 27, 2008, at 9:05 AM

NorthviewGirl ~

I remember the icey day; I think the weather changed after school buses were already enroute which would contribute to why school remained in session at the normal time. There was also a day of fog when a delay would have been nice. But, still, all in all, I agree with Jenny; when it's a matter of safety for all children I prefer the two hour delay or no school even if the weather later permits better travel. Take into consideration that the school board is taking into account school buses filled with children as well as many young drivers.

I, like Jenny, would also like to establish more snow days built into our schedule ~ that would alleviate headaches at graduation time & for summer vacations. But, if we have to extend the school year due to inclement winter weather I will always vote for sending my children on a sunny day rather than chance an accident ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Sat, Dec 27, 2008, at 9:54 AM

No, when I woke up on the last day of school the roads were pretty well cleared. It was a stupid delay, it was well above freezing and most of the snow was melted. I watch road conditions probably better than the school officials, and drive on them just as much. They probably wouldn't of gave us that 2-hour delay if we still had finals. It was just an excuse to make school shorter that day.

-- Posted by olmedic on Sat, Dec 27, 2008, at 10:32 AM

tumultuous weather .......

Now that is just plain fun to say!!!!!

-- Posted by sassypants on Sun, Dec 28, 2008, at 2:12 PM

To those of you saying school should be in session. On 12-08-08 the freezing rain arrived just as students arrived at school and a junior high student feel on the icey sidewalks and broke her wrist. I beleive that the students safety is first and on this day it wasnt so as far as the finals let them take them when weather conditions are NOT dangerous for the students to be able to get into the buildings safely.

-- Posted by bwitchy on Sun, Dec 28, 2008, at 3:12 PM

i for one agree with the delays my child bus runs all country roads they were bad. I do think they should add more snow days I also agree that i would rather send my child on a warm day than take a chance of a bus wreck or break down & the kids be stuck on a cold bus till another could get there.

-- Posted by kd323 on Sun, Dec 28, 2008, at 10:16 PM

It doesn' matter what the school corporation does, they can't make you people happy!

-- Posted by Partrosie on Mon, Dec 29, 2008, at 11:27 AM

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