Storm Policy Letter
November 6, 2012
November 6, 2012
Early this afternoon a few snowflakes drifted around reminding me and others who may have witnessed them of the weather we will soon be experiencing. Winter always presents us with days that challenge us with respect to whether or not school should be in session, or, perhaps, whether or not we need to delay the opening of school that day. It is always our intent to err on the side of safety of our students and our staff.
Deciding whether or not school should be in session, as a result of weather-related issues, is not an exact science. Rather, it is a few people engaged in making their best assessment of weather conditions to determine whether or not conditions warrant closing or opening school that day. These decisions are made very early in the morning and the decision is compounded by the fact that it is still dark outside. As we all know, local conditions often vary, not only regionally, but also within the Town of Gorham. If school is in session and you are concerned about sending your children to school that day, given weather conditions in your area of Town, please do keep them at home. When they return to school they will be given time to complete any school work that they may have missed, without penalty.
Generally, the announcement of whether school has been cancelled or the opening of school has been delayed, will be on local radio, television, Blackboard Connect (directly to your telephone), and our District website (www.gorhamschools.org) no later than 5:30-6:00am, depending on when the storm has arrived.
Superintendent of Schools