We understand that our decision to call a delayed opening or school cancellation in bad weather has a significant impact on families. It also may be necessary to move from a delayed opening to a cancellation, although this is a rare occurrence. In addition to the announcements made on local radio stations and WMUR-TV, we will once again utilize a rapid alert notification system. The system will result in you receiving a telephone message generated from our district offices generally between 5:30 AM – 6:15 AM.
The message will inform you if the day is declared a “Blizzard Bag Day.” When a Blizzard Bag Day is called, students are expected to complete their assignments and turn them in the next day. For the day to “count” as a school day, we must have at least 80% participation throughout all of our schools!
The Kearsarge Regional School District is comprised of seven towns and covers a geographic area of over 470 square miles. Our buses travel 4,600 miles each day transporting students to and from school. The district includes a wide range of elevations and road surfaces (paved and unpaved) resulting in a variety of driving conditions. We consider the road condition reports from our police dispatch and road agents a critical piece of information in the decision making process. Our primary concern is the safety of our students, staff, and families.
This process of determining a school delay or cancellation begins with a call from the weather service to our transportation office by 4:30 AM the day of the storm. Once it has been determined that inclement weather is imminent, the following local resources are contacted: the local police dispatch, state police, local media outlets, our transportation office, road agents, and other superintendents in the region, to determine the impact of the impending weather. The predicted timing of the weather event also has bearing on the decision. As hearty New Englanders we all know that if don’t like the weather, wait a minute, it will change!
Based on all of these factors, a decision will be made regarding the delay or cancellation of school. You may not agree with the decision, but it will be made with the best information available at the time, and with the safety of everyone concerned in the forefront of that decision. Please know that it is always your choice as parents/guardians whether to have your children attend school in uncertain weather conditions. Also, parents of student drivers are reminded that bus transportation is provided. Student ridership is encouraged each day of the school year, but particularly when one is concerned about the road conditions.