INCLEMENT WEATHER LETTER TO PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
I am extremely proud to be the Superintendent of Southmoreland School District. I believe the students, parent/guardians, faculty, staff, and administration of this district will continue to work together to carry on our reputation of academic, athletic, and extracurricular excellence.
It is difficult to believe that fall has arrived and summer has come to an end. Shortly, winter will be upon us and we will be bundling up to stay warm. This is an opportune time to review the procedures we have in place to address inclement weather as it pertains to school delays and closings. Several important factors are taken into consideration when the cancellation of school (or delaying the start of a school day) is in question. The first of these factors is, of course, travel safety due to ice and snow. The factors we look at with regards to ice and snow are:
- the safety of students who require bus or automobile transportation to/from school
- the safety of students whose primary transportation mode is to walk to school
- the ability of teachers and staff who commute via automobile to do so in a safe manner, and
- the ability of our maintenance/custodial staffs to sufficiently clear sidewalks and parking lots
The second major issue of consideration during inclement weather is wind chill. Whether it is students waiting for a school bus or walking to and from school, wind chill is always a major factor in the closing or delay of school. Westmoreland County Superintendents have made it a practice to give strong consideration to delaying school when sustained wind chill temperatures approach 15 degrees below zero. We will continue this practice again this school year. Please understand that a delay or closing is not guaranteed when wind chills approach fifteen degrees below zero, but there is strong consideration. Please be sure that your child is dressed appropriately with warm gloves, scarves, hats and footwear for the anticipated cold weather. Ears, fingertips, and toes are especially vulnerable to extreme cold. If your child does not have appropriate cold-weather clothing, please contact your child’s nurse or guidance counselor. The school district has a supply of coats, hats, and gloves for those who need them.
During mornings of snow, ice or extreme cold, the neighboring Superintendents and I are in touch with one another to determine whether or not a closing or delay is appropriate. Moreover, the transportation director and I travel the roads to determine if they are safe and passable. It is our intent to make a decision and disseminate the information to the radio and TV stations, the Scottie Channel, School Messenger and the district website before 6:00 A.M. I hope as the weather outside gets colder that you and your children continue to have a warm and positive school experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.
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School Board Online
The Southmoreland School Board now has an online presence. Members of the Southmoreland Community are able to access School Board meeting information by visiting the Southmoreland homepage, www.southmoreland.net, and clicking on the "BoardDocs--Public" link on the lower right side of the page. Community members are able to view Board agendas for past and current Board meetings by clicking on a meeting date, and then clicking on the "View Agenda" tab. In addition to streamlining preparation for Board meetings and saving on paper, copying and delivery costs, the BoardDocs application is able to share valuable information with members of the public. Attendees at Board meetings may use their smart phones to scan the QR code that is available at each meeting and thus access the up-to-date agenda on their devices. A limited number of paper copies of the agenda will also be available at each Board meeting. Board Meetings may be viewed on the Scottie Channel or by clicking on the YouTube link on Southmoreland's homepage.
Policy Manual Updates
The Southmoreland School District is in the process of working with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to update its Policy Manual and to make it more accessible to members of the Southmoreland Community. Community members may access updated sections of the policy manual, including approved policies and policies that are under consideration, by visiting the Southmoreland homepage, www.southmoreland.net, and clicking on the "BoardDocs--Public" link on the lower right side of the page. Community members are able to view district policies by clicking on the "policy" tab. Individuals are then able to view policies that are approved or under consideration by clicking on the appropriate link.