Community Letter 1. 24.23
January 24, 2023
Dear MSAD #60 Families;
Please let this correspondence serve as a district update. At this writing the only school currently without power is Noble High School. That is a big improvement from this morning! We are very hopeful that by Wednesday morning power will be restored to the high school allowing all facilities to run “per usual.”
Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25, 2023 is currently scheduled as a Late Start/Early Release day on the calendar. That will remain in effect. There is one more day of scheduled exams for high school students set to occur tomorrow before the new semester begins. What a long and drawn out exam period this has been!
Looking ahead, there appears to be some inclement weather coming in late Wednesday through the early morning on Thursday. While poor road conditions and power outages certainly have been challenging over the last handful of days, based on the forecast it doesn’t appear like our community is fully out of the woods yet.
As a result of the projected forecast, the Administrative Team met this morning to assess what resources we have available should the district have an inclement weather day again on Thursday. Right now there are several large barriers (power and internet service being the two largest) to having a remote learning day so the district is going to take a more traditional route.
Students in kindergarten through grade seven will go home Wednesday afternoon with some literacy and math extension activities to work on Thursday-should there be no school. The upper grades will have a robust feedback form to complete for the district-wide Strategic Plan revision process. Additionally, Principal Dufort is working with the presenter who is set to be at NHS on Thursday to see what options would be available should we not be in session. The high school will provide more information directly should “Plan B” be necessary. While none of the activities take the place of or "count" as a full in-session day, they do provide students extension activities to keep learning/academic opportunities open to them.
In closing, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge how challenging these past three inclement weather days have been. It is never an easy decision to cancel school. It is actually one of the harder decisions to make as it impacts families across the district. Please know that these decisions are made with student, teacher, and staff safety as the very top priority.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.