I hope this notification finds you with your lights and
heating sources fully functioning. I
know that it goes without saying that last week was, at best, crazy. I wanted to send out a quick note regarding
last week’s storm and its relation to the functioning of the school
district. I realize that there was quite
a bit of confusion around whether or not school would be open, particularly on
Thursday. Wednesday was a no-brainer as
there was no power and a lot of debris on school campuses and throughout the
community. Late in the afternoon on
Wednesday, we had power back at all of our schools. That same afternoon, our bus drivers were out
checking routes to make sure that our students could safely get to their
respective bus stops. Everything looked
good for us to have school on Thursday.
Unfortunately, there were additional power surges that
occurred early on Thursday morning that knocked one of our three legs of power
out at the high school. This particular
leg runs the kitchen as well as the lights for the two high school classroom
wings. The high school kitchen is used
to make all of the meals in the district and then said meals are transported to
the other schools. We learned of this
additional power outage much later than would have been preferred. We made the call to cancel school just after
6:00 AM on Thursday. Shortly after the
call was made, power at the high school was restored. However, that was short lived as the high
school and much of Suncrest lost power for awhile on Thursday morning.
Our preference will always be to have school as scheduled as
we realize that cancelling school is a hardship on families as many have to
find child care. Additionally, with all
of the unknowns regarding power outages, we wanted our kids to be able to come
to school where there was heat and a warm meal.
When the rest of world is crazy, routine is a good thing. That being said, however, we will make school
closure decisions based on the safety and security of our students and staff. In the event that a late-start or school
closure call has to be made, we will do our best to get that information out as
early as possible. It is our district’s
procedure to alert our families and the media when a decision has been made to
either delay or to close schools; we
will not notify you when school reopens.
In other words, no news is good news.
I am aware that there was some misinformation on one of our region’s
media outlets. Our district website (www.9mile.org) and our snow line (340-4321)
are updated by district staff. If you
receive conflicting information, please check one of the aforementioned as
those two resources are accurate.
With the mayhem of last week, I thank you all for your
patience and understanding.