Tricounty News

Jan. 24 Update

Winter Weather and School Closings

We can safely say the region has experienced some unusual winter weather with recent cold snaps, freezing rain, and snowstorms. I can tell you firsthand, it’s near impossible to predict when and how hard a storm will hit, and then the critical decision of closing, delaying, or shutting school down early has to be made.

The final decision comes from the school superintendent in collaboration with an administrative team, transportation personnel, plowing and public works from area townships, as well as the most recent Accuweather alerts. All the information is processed and then weighed against the most important factor in the equation, which is the safety of our children. The goal is to provide our families, students, and staff with continuity in the educational process without putting anyone in danger.

When it’s time to make weather related calls that cancel or delay school, we wait as long as possible to receive the most accurate and up-to-date information. We will then compile the information and balance it against the parents’ need to plan accordingly. We recognize the importance of early decisions in order to provide our working parents with the opportunity to prepare for childcare needs. Making weather-related decisions early is appreciated by our commuting teachers, transportation department, and food service staff so they’re not taking any unnecessary risks or trips to work. Please keep in mind, if we make the decision too early and the weather changes, we’ll hear about it as well.

Once the decision is made, it’s time for us to get busy and make sure the word gets spread to every parent and school employee. Our Parent-Link notification system will follow a distribution list with designated calls to cell phones, home phones, email, or even text messaging if preferred. We will keep our website updated with any weather-related delays or cancellations as well as notifying the major TV and radio stations covering the central and west central region of the state.

I can testify that it’s not an easy decision or a perfect system when predicting the weather, road conditions, or the varied skill sets of drivers on the road. We don’t take this decision lightly and assure you that child safety is at the forefront. We’ll do our very best when making weather-related decisions and attempt to keep you informed in a timely fashion, while yet making every attempt to maintain continuity in our educational services. 

Thank you for being patient with our weather-related decisions throughout these difficult winter weeks.

Famous Quote

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

Aristotle

Senior of the Week

The EV-W School District would like to recognize Kayla Kipf, daughter of Heather. Kayla admires her mom for the hard work and commitment of raising a family. She is currently taking two college-level classes, excels in FFA as the chapter secretary, and loves to shoot trap, and barrel race with her horse. Kayla keeps herself busy by babysitting and working at a local Subway. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!