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J. Addison provides an important public service to our staff and students. Any closure has a significant impact on the school community. Most cannot arrange alternate child care when schools are closed unexpectedly. In view of this, the School will not be closed due to snow or other weather conditions unless conditions reach the level of civic emergency (a very rare occurrence) or there is damage or other circumstances (e.g. power outage) at J. Addison School that makes it impossible to operate safely.
During snow days, it is common for police and other authorities to advise citizens to avoid unnecessary travel. These advisories do not constitute direction to close public facilities and should not be interpreted as school closure.
Staff, students and parents should assume that schools will be open. Should it become necessary to close the School, that decision will be made as early as possible, and no later than 6:30AM in the morning. Closures will be announced via and email as directed by the Principal. However, it is understood that some students travel to school in ways that may not be possible to travel safe on a snow day. Therefore, no student will be penalized for lack of attendance. Student and staff safety is the first priority for the School.
Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children’s safe travel to School on a snow day. If, for any reason, a parent/guardian feels that a child cannot travel safely to school, they should make other arrangements. School will be kept open to provide the option of attendance for all, but the decision to attend the School is the responsibility of each family.
Staff attendance is expected during snow days when weather conditions have improved and it is safe to drive. For example: At 8:00 AM, driving may be hazardous due to snow; but at 10:00 AM, conditions may have improved to the point that driving to school is fine. Staff will not be penalized for arriving to school late, but if staff are absent for the day, then it will be recorded as an absence day. As it will not be a regular school day, staff may be assigned to provide assistance with other school programs. Teachers who cannot make it to school should go online.