From the Superintendent's Standpoint October 28 2011
October 28, 2011
As the weather begins to turn colder I would like to take a few moments to discuss practices and procedures related to snow days and late starts.
First, I would like to remind parents that the school is using an automated calling system to provide information to families. This system will be used when there are late starts or cancellations due to inclement weather. Additionally this information will be provided to KMOR, KNEB, KOLT, and KDUH-TV. I would encourage parents to be sure the school has a current phone number on file for this purpose. If parents would like to add a number or to have a number changed, please call the central office at 308-586-1325 to have your emergency contact information updated, as we want to be sure that everyone receives this information in a timely manner.
When the weather does turn cold it is important to remember that parents are ultimately responsible for their children and should decide for their own family whether their children should attend during inclement weather or be withdrawn from school prior to the regular dismissal time. We encourage parents to decide what is best for their family when the weather is severe. Parents who choose to keep their children at home due to inclement weather are asked to call the school office so the staff knows that the children are where they belong and are safe. The procedures also help the school secretaries keep track of who is in school and whether staff members need to call families as they do for absences. Children who are kept out of school will be counted absent. In such circumstances, school work missed may be made up without penalty.
Finally, I would like to commend all of our students who take the time to engage in activities participation. This fall we have had students participating in football, volleyball, golf, cross country, cheerleading, marching band, rodeo, Carpenter Center football, elementary girls’ volleyball, Girls and Boys Scouts, as well as other activities. I know that it takes a lot of time and support from parents for our students to participate in any of these endeavors. I also know that participation in activities promotes a well-rounded educational experience and teaches important life lessons including time management, dedication, perseverance, and teamwork. I would like to commend all of our students for their involvement in these activities. I look forward to seeing continued participation from our students as we move into the winter season.
As always, if you would like to share success stories about Bayard Public Schools or if you have ideas about how we can work together to make our school even better, please call the school or send me an email.