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Superintendent

January 5, 2015
 

Message from the Superintendent

A Message to all Parents, Students, and Staff:

Welcome back from the December break and Happy New Year 2015!  I hope you were blessed with safe and happy holidays with family and friends!

As we start the 2015 winter season it is important to review the protocol used for making the decision regarding school delay and cancellation.  In all cases, the safety of students is paramount in making this decision.

As soon as inclement weather is predicted, I am monitoring the forecast on a regular basis via media weather reports, on-line weather information, and a weather service contracted by the school district.  The weather service provides me with updated information via email and contacts me by telephone in the morning on the day when inclement weather is expected.

I am up at 4:30 AM reviewing weather forecasts and road conditions.  I receive the call from the weather service with the forecast and then contact the city’s department of public works for current information on road conditions and the status of the sanding and plowing operation.

Next, we have a group of North Central Massachusetts superintendents who share weather and road condition information to assist each other in making the decision on whether to start school on time, delay by two hours, or cancel school.  When all of this information is gathered, I am able to make a decision by 5:15 – 5:30 AM.  The decision is made as early as possible to contact our school bus contractor, to provide adequate time for parents to plan and make necessary arrangements for child care, and to allow adequate time for school staff who do not live in the immediate area to travel safely to school.  

If the decision is for the school day to be delayed or cancelled, an automated message is sent out via our SchoolMessenger notification system and every student and staff household receives an automated telephone message informing you of the decision.  In addition, members of the central office staff contact local TV and radio stations. 

If you do not receive an automated message or have stopped receiving messages, please inform the main office of the school your student attends and the staff will make the changes to input or correct your contact information in the system.  In the case of school staff members, all changes should be communicated to human resources.

At times, despite the amount of data gathered, the weather may change.  Unfortunately, I cannot control the weather and the decision will not always meet everyone’s expectations.  We work hard, in collaboration with the city’s department of public works and emergency management services, to make the right decision for the safety of students and staff.

Jim Jolicoeur, Superintendent of Schools
James Jolicoeur, Superintendent
Leominster Public Schools
 24 Church Street
Leominster, MA 01453
978.534.7700


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