November 25, 2014
This is one of the most significant decisions a Superintendent makes. Ultimately, the safety of more than 4,000 folks (students and staff) is at stake.
The district recognizes that everyone becomes an expert and has an opinion about school closings, delays and early dismissal. Changing school schedules is inconvenient for everyone, but your safety is important. We want parents to know that we are most concerned about what is safest for children and our staff, not what might be inconvenient.
So what can you do to be ready when the snow falls? I recommend that you take the time to check your Honeywell Instant Alert settings and make sure you are up to date on all the sources of emergency closing or delay information.
EMERGENCY CLOSING/DELAY INFORMATION SOURCES:
Last year, with the help of the Roxbury High School Choirs, we were able to make light of what seemed like an endless series of snow closings and delays with some musical accompaniment to the Honeywell messages sent.
Your enthusiasm for this was well received and the videos have received more than 20,000 views to date. People from all over the country watched , and overseas we had viewers as far away as Germany and Australia.
Since snowfalls this season are expected to be more severe, I am asking for you to join me and continue in the festive activities in calling snow days.
I am requesting for audience participation in the writing/singing in this year’s songs. Remember these are school-related announcements, so please, keep the songs clean. I will accept your suggestions via video to our Roxbury Public Schools YouTube channel or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students whose songs are chosen will have lunch with me at a later date.