Hello McKinley Families,
It is extremely cold outside today and we have already had some challenges with the weather this past week. Thank you all for checking in with the DCSD communication on our early dismissal and school cancelations this past week. I want to share with you a message from our Interim Superintendent on the decision process of late start/early out/school cancellation.
Dear Davenport Community Schools Families,
During our Midwestern winters we sometimes have weather conditions that may be or may become hazardous. We may have to make a decision to cancel school, start two hours later, or perhaps dismiss school two hours early. I want you to know that we have a process for making these decisions and the health and safety of our students and staff are always foremost in making the decision.
Our district is comprised of rural and urban schools. Students may walk to school, ride a school bus or Citibus, or be driven to school by parents/guardians or drive themselves to school. This means we must consider a range of conditions when making weather decisions. In rare situations we have been able to make a decision the night before a weather event. This is difficult to do as weather can change rapidly. Normally the decision is made early in the morning, approximately 4:30-5 a.m. This is after the superintendent:
- Reviews the latest weather forecasts
- Has heard a first-hand report on the condition of both city and county roads. When the weather event involves snow, sleet, freezing rain, The Director of Operations and the General Manager for our bus service drive the city and county roads, confer with city and county road crews and report back to the superintendent.
- Has conferred with area superintendents and discussed the situation based on the information each of them has received. The goal is to determine, based on available information, whether the roads are or will be safe for buses, staff, parents, and students.
- Has considered wind chills. Unlike snow calls, wind chills are governed by charts published by the National Weather Service and NOAA. These charts plot the effect of a combination of air temperature and wind speed have on the threat of bodily harm – in this case times for unprotected skin to suffer frostbite. Wind “Advisory” mean that exposed skin can suffer frostbite in 30 minutes; “Warning” indicates the possibility of frostbite to exposed skin in 10 minutes. The majority of superintendents use “Warning” as a time to delay or cancel. An Advisory, for example, can have wind chills from minus 18 to minus 22. For Warning, the wind chills run from minus 32 to colder. On average, there are scores of days each year with wind chill Advisories, and isolated instances of Warnings during school days.
Again, the Superintendent will make the final call. The three options which we would generally use are that school is open as usual, there is a 2 hour late start, or school is cancelled that day due to the weather. If school is already in session and weather event develops or worsens during the course of the school day, we may also have an early dismissal.
As soon as the decision is made to cancel, delay or dismiss school early we inform families via our School Messenger phone/email/text message system, Facebook post, district website post, and outreach to area television and print news media. I hope it helps you to know more about how we make these decisions and the methods we’ll use to notify you of the decision as quickly as possible.
T.J. Schneckloth, Interim Superintendent
McKinley Elementary will be hosting a blood drive with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center on Monday, January 28. We are in need of donors 3:15pm – 6pm. This drive will be supplying many needed units for patients in LOCAL hospitals.
When our goal is reached, MVRBC will provide a Life Saving Grant to McKinley that we will use to purchase books and other supplies for student classrooms.
For questions about donations or to schedule a time call or text Maggie Moeller @ 563.940.5388
McKinley’s 10th Annual Trivia Night
When: Friday March 1, 2019
Why: Save the date for McKinley PTA’s largest fundraiser!
More: Doors open at 6 pm, Trivia starts at 7 pm at Heritage Hall on Arsenal Island.
Do you want to help?
- Attend Trivia Night! Reserve a table by emailing me at Grmclr1@yahoo.com or fill out the form below. Tables are just $100 for 8 people. Space is limited, so reserve your table now!
- Make a donation for the silent auction. Do you have a service or product that can be auctioned off? The more donations we have, the more successful our event will be! I would be happy to pick any items up, or you can drop them off at school by February 15.
- Be a sponsor or find a sponsor for the event. Individuals, families and businesses can sponsor our event! We have three levels of sponsorship: Gold (donate $500 or more), Silver (donate $250), and Bronze (donate $100). All sponsors will be recognized at the event and all Gold sponsors will receive a free table for trivia.
- Donate money or items to your child(ren)’s grade baskets. Each grade level will chose a theme and create a basket for the silent auction. More information will be coming soon.
- Donate your time. We need help soliciting donations and assembling baskets before the event. We also need 8-10 volunteers the night of the event to help with various aspects.
You can fill out the form that is being sent home in the Tuesday folder and return it to indicate how you would like to help. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at Grmclr1@yahoo.com or call/text at 563-210-4547. Thank you in advance for your support!
Carrie Heiting, McKinley Elementary PTA 2019 Trivia Night Chairperson
Multicultural Day Sign up
A volunteer sign up letter will be coming home in next week’s Tuesday folder. This is a great event at McKinley Elementary and it is not possible without the help and support from our parents/volunteers. Deadline to apply to volunteer is due by February 8th. Multicultural Day will be February 22nd.
Kindergarten Round up
The 2019 Kindergarten Roundup date has been set for Thursday, March 7th, 2019 from 9:00-10:00am at McKinley Elementary. Please help spread the word throughout our McKinley community. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office at 563-723-6800. More information will be coming out through upcoming eblasts and letters home in Tuesday folders.
Girls Who Code: If you have a female student in grades 3-5, you are invited to join us for Girls Who Code! This program teaches girls coding fundamentals and offers sisterhood. New session will start Tuesday, February 5th from 5:30-6:30 pm. Questions? Contact Mr. Macksey at 563.723.6772 or email at email@example.com
- February 5th 5:30-6:30 Girls Who Code for girls grades 3-5
- February 7th Movie Night 5:30 pm and PTA meeting 6 pm
- February 22nd Multicultural Day
- March 1st McKinley Battle of the Books
- March 11th-15th: Spring Break # 1