"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).