SR3 Parent Connection
Cold Weather is Here! Are you prepared?
As much as we hate to see the warmer temps go, the administration here at SR3 is ready for the call.
Who makes the decision to cancel school?
The Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and Transportation Director work together to determine if roads and rural bus routes are safe for travel. Considerations also include current weather, forecasts, and the condition of district facilities and grounds.
What if there’s school when the weather is extremely cold?
Students should always wear appropriate clothing when it’s cold outside, including heavy coats, hats, gloves, or mittens and warm shoes or boots. Elementary recess is held indoors if temperature of wind chill falls below 25 degrees. As always, parents may choose to keep their children home for health and safety reasons. Notify your child’s school if your child will be absent for any reason.
Late starts are a hardship on district staff, students, and parents. The SR3 district does not utilize late starts.
How will I know if school is canceled?
We make every effort to announce weather cancellations as soon as possible after a decision is made.
Evening decisions: If a decision is made in the evening to cancel school for the next day, automated phone calls will begin no later than 9:45 pm, with the latest call going out at approximately 10:30 pm
Morning decision: If a decision is made after 9:30 pm the night before (therefore after the point where a broadcast could be launched by 9:45 pm), the broadcast will begin at 6 am the next morning, with the latest calls going out at approximately 6:45 am.
Employee notification: District staff members will receive an automated call as soon as the decision is made, as late as 11 pm the night before, or as early as 5 am on the morning of cancellation.
Canceling in the middle of the school day: If weather forces an early closure, we will contact all parents and emergency contacts and notice area media outlets. It is so important for us to be able to reach parents, guardians, and caregivers during daytime hours. Please give your child’s school any current phone numbers and emergency contact information.
Other Sources of information
Any time of the day or night, here’s where anyone can learn if schools will be closed:
Facebook page: facebook.com/SavannahSchoolDistrict
District Website: www.SavannahR3.com
Area media outlets like KQ2, NewsPress Now, and Eagle Radio
Wait! What about Snow Day packets?!?!
We will continue to use Sow Day Packets on days when school is not in session. These learning packets, or online lessons, allow us to continue learning even while we are not together in the classroom.
AMI Days: Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year the Missouri Department of Education (DESE) implemented a new program where school districts were “not required to make up school hours that are lost or canceled due to exceptional or emergency circumstances (up to 36 hours) if the [district] implements an Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Plan that is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)”. Please see the DESE website for more information.
Savannah R3 will follow their DESE-approved AMI plan for the first 36 hours of instruction that are lost or canceled due to inclement weather. This equates to about five snow days.
Snow Days: The current district attendance calendar has an additional 36 hours of “built in” time. These are traditional snow days that do not require students to learn from home. Once those hours have been exhausted the district will have to begin adding days to the end of the attendance calendar as “makeup days”
Please note that the implementation of AMI days by DESE was not a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to continue for future academic school years.
October Board of Education Meeting Notes
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is requiring all Missouri school districts to send school climate and culture surveys to parents and guardians of current students. You should be receiving a survey for your student(s) via email within the next few days. If you don't receive anything by November 1st please contact your school secretary.
We currently have several immediate openings across the district.
Paras! ( ELC, MC & AZ)
Business Teacher (SHS)
Parents As Teachers Coordinator
Custodians (MC & SHS)
Substitute Teachers and NURSES! (district wide)
Looking to Volunteer?
October 24 - 28th - Red Ribbon Week/ Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, October 28th - Elementary Halloween Parties (please no scary costumes)
Monday, October 31st - No School - Staff Comp day for Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, November 1st - No School - Teacher DCI* Day
Thursday, November 10th - Board of Education Meeting 7pm at the District Office
November 23rd - 25th - No School for Thanksgiving Break
Check our website for a full academic calendar.
Click HERE for the SHS Activities Calendar
*DCI - District Continuous Improvement formerly professional development
October is Cyber Security Month
How safe are YOU online?
Be sure to watch the School website for more information!
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