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School district lays out policy for snow days

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
November 26, 2007
(Sing to the tune of “Winter Wonderland”)
Snow and sleet, are you listenin’?
Glazy ice, or 18 inches.
A beautiful sight,
We’re hopin’ tonight,
Evert will be shuttin’ down the schools.

It’s not too early to be dreaming of a white Christmas. Or, if you’re a school kid, for a snow day.


The Janesville School District announced these policies for weather that could result in a closing or delay.


n Listen: The district asks parents to tune in to WCLO AM 1230 radio to hear about delays or closings. Parents are asked not to call the district so that lines won’t be tied up.


Fifteen other radio and TV stations will be contacted by 6 a.m. WCLO will announce closing information in its morning broadcasts and also during its “School House Block” segment, which airs at 6:50 a.m.


-- Decide: While Superintendent Tom Evert makes the final decision about delays or closings, parents can make their own decisions.


“If parents do not feel it is safe for their child to come to school, then by all means they should keep children home,” according to the announcement.


-- If it’s a delay: The superintendent may delay the start of the day by one hour. If he does, all special education, early childhood and kindergarten classes still will be held. Elementary school classes would begin at 9:20 a.m. Middle and high school classes would begin at 9 a.m. Elementary school breakfast clubs will not serve meals on days when school has been delayed.


-- Not gonna happen: Janesville public schools do not close early in an attempt to avoid incoming storms. That protects children who would arrive at home before their parents and have no access or supervision at home.


-- After-school activities: No athletic contests or practices will be held on days school is called off for weather reasons. The gyms will be closed.


On days when school is in session but weather has worsened, cancellations of after-school or evening extracurricular activities will be announced by 2 p.m. on WCLO.



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