Will this winter ever end?

Another “snow” day for Stafford County Schools.  The initial call for school today was a two hour delay, however after observing the weather with falling temperatures and reports of multiple car accidents in the county before 7AM county officials made the decision to close schools for the day.

We have exceeded our built-in days for inclement weather.  Per our calendar Monday February 17th will be a regular school icy-conditions-may-exist-sign-s-9969.pngday and with today’s closure April 4th will now be a regular school day.  See below a message that was posted by the Stafford County Public Schools Public Information Office prior to today’s closure. 

Inclement Weather Make-Up Days: As of today, Stafford County Public Schools has a negative balance of 1.24 days in our banked time for meeting the state requirements for attendance. In accordance with the 2013-2014 approved calendar, the schedule for making up days missed due to inclement weather is as follows:
*Monday, February 17, will be a regular school day, and;
*The early release days on Friday, April 18, Friday, May 23, and Wednesday, June 11, will be changed to full days with dismissal at the regularly scheduled times.

Should further days or hours be missed, make-up days will include changing the teacher work day on April 4 to a regular school day and adding two days to the end of the school year on June 16 and June 17. This information is available on the website at www.staffordschools.net on the 2013-2014 Approved School Calendar.

Graduation day for the high schools will not change. It remains on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the high schools.

As I had previously written making the decision to close schools is not an easy one.  It is a decision made by school administrators in consultation with the county administration, public safety and VDOT.    I do hope we use this year to develop some lessons learned on how we can deal with inclement weather better.  It is something I will most certainly continue to ask and work with staff to improve on. 

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