DEALING WITH INCLEMENT WEATHER IN THE SMITHVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT
With the approach of winter also comes the possibility of inclement weather, dangerous road conditions, and the need to consider school cancellations and early dismissals. The purpose of this report is to briefly discuss some of the implications that should be considered related to such cancellations or early dismissals.
The impact of school cancellations and early dismissals is perhaps more complex for the school district and for families as we again have five school buildings with each starting and dismissing at different times. To meet the demands of this varied schedule, the bus system runs two different route schedules (double-routing). The first schedule provides service for Middle School students (Grades 6-8) and High School students (Grades 9-12). The second schedule provides service for Primary Elementary School students (Grades Pre-K-2) and Upper Elementary School students (Grades 3-5). The double-routing system can complicate the decision to cancel school and parental plans for dealing with such cancellations.