Superintendent’s Message: Weather Decisions
This time of year there are always questions about the potential impact of inclement weather on our school days. There are essentially two types of weather situations requiring consideration for school delays and closings.
One is snow and ice, which necessitates putting people on the road to determine if school buses, students, parents, and employees can drive safely. In most cases, the superintendent and transportation personnel are up and on the roads at 3:30 a.m. to evaluate weather conditions and make a decision.
A second situation we face is wind chill factors when low temperatures combined with wind cause the temperatures to drop well below 0 degrees. Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service. We have posted a good explanation of how advisories and warnings differ on the home page of this website at http://www.davenportschools.org/2016/12/15/important-wind-chill-advisory-weather-information/ which includes tips on dressing students for these colder temperatures.
In any weather situation it is difficult to offer absolutes. We have guidelines and processes in place. Please be assured that I take my responsibility for making these decisions very seriously and spend the time necessary to gather information about forecasts and conditions before making a decision.
Dr. Arthur W. Tate, Superintendent