BOBCAT TRACKS

December 2018

WINTER WEATHER PROCEDURES - KEEPING STUDENTS & STAFF SAFE

WINTER WEATHER PROCEDURES - KEEPING STUDENTS & STAFF SAFE

TO: Principals, Administrators, Supervisors, Staff & Parents/Guardians

FROM: Dr. Don Coberly, Superintendent of Schools

DATE: November 27, 2018



Education is important and every missed day of school represents lost learning opportunities. However, the Boise School District’s primary concern is for the safety of all students, including students riding busses and walking or biking to school. If students cannot safely travel to school or if schools are not able to operate safely because of citywide dangerous weather conditions, school may be cancelled.


We will not cancel school on days with normal wintery conditions. Light snowfall, cold mornings or areas of ice are not sufficiently dangerous to force the closure of schools. With proper precautions including appropriate clothing, road deicing, and careful driving, students can travel to and from school safely.


The Boise School District covers over 450 square miles of Ada County. We recognize that conditions vary throughout the District, even from street to street, in some cases. Conditions may be extremely dangerous in one area, while perfectly safe everywhere else. If parents believe it is too dangerous for their children to travel to school they have the option to keep their children home. If school is cancelled, it will be cancelled for the entire District.

The most frequent dangerous weather conditions facing Boise schools are:


SNOW: Snow levels within the City of Boise are typically light or moderate. However, there is always the potential for a heavy snowfall to make traveling by vehicle or on foot dangerous. Historically, most snowfall only results in slow traffic and minor accidents throughout the City. Normal snowfalls would not result in school closures.


COLD: Frigid temperatures are more serious than snow when making school closure decisions. On bitterly cold days our concern is for students walking to school. Extremely cold weather also impairs our ability to get busses running, which causes delays in pickup routes, delays which are much more dangerous to riders because of the low temperatures.


ICE: Ice is our most dangerous winter weather condition. Freezing rain and/or refreezing of melted snow make our roads, streets and sidewalks extremely treacherous for pedestrians, and vehicles. Icy conditions may force us to close, even if it appears that no other dangerous conditions exist.


How is the decision made to close or not to close school? Representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, the highway district, city and county law enforcement agencies, and school administrators, including the Superintendent, check the roads and monitor information throughout the night and early morning hours. We confer by telephone early in the morning to reach a decision.


If school will be closed, we will communicate in a number of ways to spread the word. In addition to notifying local radio and television news stations, we will send text & email messages to parents/guardians, send an emergency alert via the District’s mobile app, post closure information at www.boiseschools.org, on each school’s website, and on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram accounts. Parents/guardians can sign-up to receive emergency text messages by texting “Y” or “YES” to the number 67587. Non-parents (e.g., other family members, staff, news media, etc.) can also receive emergency text alerts via the Boise School District's mobile app (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store). View a brief video further explaining our Inclement Weather Procedures on our Emergency webpage.

END OF SEMESTER TESTING SCHEDULE

South Junior High and BSD

Sem 1 EOC Schedule 2018-2019

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 (Exams 1, 2)


1st Period

30

7:50-8:20 (announcements)


2nd Period

25

8:23-8:48


3rd Period

25

8:51-9:16


Break

14

9:16-9:27


Period 1 EOC

70

9:30-10:40


5th Period (7th/8th lunch)

37

10:43-11:20


6th Period (9th/8th lunch)

37

11:23-12:00


Period 2 EOC

70

12:05-1:15


Thursday, December, 20th, 2018 (Exams 3, 4, 5/6)


Period 3 EOC

70

7:50-9:10


Break

12

9:10-9:22


Period 5/6 EOC

70

9:25-10:35


4th Period for 9th (lunch for 7th/8th)

40

10:38-11:18


4th Period for 7th/8th (lunch for 9th/8th)

40

11:21-12:01


Period 4 EOC

70

12:05-1:15


Friday, December 21st, 2018 (Exams 7, 8)


7th Period

35

7:50-8:25


8th Period

35

8:30-9:05


Break

17

9:05-9:22


Period 7 EOC

70

9:25-10:35


Break

12

10:35-10:47


Period 8 EOC

70

10:50-12:00

DECEMBER MUSIC CONCERTS

  • Dec. 11 Orchestra Winter Concert 7:00 PM

  • Dec. 12 Band Winter Concert 7:00 PM

  • Dec. 13 Choir Winter Concert 7:00 PM

SOUTH JUNIOR HIGH'S FESTIVAL OF TREE WREATHS!!

Students participated in the Festival of Tree by making WREATHS.

School Uniforms

As it starts to get cold outside please help your student with their school uniform special with the chooses of undershirts. The policy can be found in the student agenda on page 3 and 18, also see photos below. Thanks

Gratitude - Character Trait for November and December

What is gratitude? It is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Gratitude strengthens relationships, improves health, reduces stress, and in general, makes us happier. So show some gratitude today.