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As we draw closer to winter break, I wanted to take a moment and share out some details regarding winter weather, snow days, and remote learning. As you may recall, districts in Illinois are now allowed to utilize a district-wide remote learning day in lieu of calling a traditional snow day. Traditional snow days need to be made up at the end of the school year, potentially extending the school calendar well into the first week of June. Calling for a winter weather remote learning day, in lieu of a traditional snow day, allows for it to count as a day of learning and does not have to be made up at the end of the year.
Thank you to those that completed our parent survey some weeks ago regarding winter weather and instruction. We had a total of 1,317 responses. 70% of parents indicated they preferred a winter weather remote learning day in lieu of a traditional snow day. 25% of parents indicated they preferred a traditional snow day. The remaining 5% of parents indicated they had no preference.
Based on that feedback, a structure for a winter weather remote learning day was developed. Below you will find the general schedule for the day that the district will follow should the need for a winter weather remote learning day need to be utilized. The schedule is designed to be user-friendly, accommodating for student breaks, and time for recreational activity. Teachers may be following up in the future with more specific details.
Students will have a total of five hours of independent learning and activity completion time from 9:00-11:30am and 12:30-3:00pm.
In preparation for the possibility of calling a winter weather remote learning day, the following preparations will be made in advance:
- Teachers will reconnect with students and families to determine who may still be lacking an internet connection and seek to support or resolve any issues.
- Pre-K-1 teachers will be preparing and sending home in advance, a paper packet or folder with pre-planned activities for any winter remote learning day that may need to be called.
- Principals will create and share with families on any winter weather remote learning day, a list of teachers’ Google Meets links so they can be easily accessed.
Lastly, please be reminded that district weather guidelines can be found on the district website under the “District” tab. We strive to keep our doors open as much as possible and that includes during the winter months. However, should winter weather become extreme, especially when a wind chill warning is forecasted, the district will now be able to call a winter weather remote learning day in lieu of a traditional snow day. Notifications would be sent via Remind, SkyAlert, and through the media. Traditional snow days would still be an option if need be but utilizing the investment in devices, internet connectivity, and over a year’s worth of practice and training, will allow for a day of remote learning activities instead. Thank you and please reach out to your teacher(s) or principal with any follow-up questions.
Rachel Savage, Superintendent, Moline-Coal Valley Schools
December 8, 2021
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2. Dismiss after 5-clock hours of instruction plus lunch (MCV will use this option)
a. Instructional time is maximized
b. Advance notice will be provided to allow parents to arrange for childcare
c. School day does not have to be made up
3. Utilize an Emergency Day (no school for the entire district)
a. Advance notice will be provided
b. School day must be made up
4. Utilize an Interrupted Day (school may be dismissed after a minimum of one clock hour of instruction)
a. No advance notice; decision will be made during the school day
b. Minimal time for parents to arrange for childcare
~The weather forecast will be reviewed using multiple sources on both a daily and weekly basis.
~The goal is to plan as far in advance as possible.
- Jane Addams Elementary
- Butterworth Elementary
- Lincoln-Irving Elementary
- Logan Elementary
- Washington Elementary
- Willard Elementary
- Jefferson (PM class will be canceled)
- John Deere Middle School
- Woodrow Wilson Middle School
- Bicentennial Elementary
- Roosevelt Elementary
- Hamilton Elementary
- Franklin Elementary
- Moline High School
~The district will dismiss the following campuses after five hours of instruction plus a lunch period:
*Jefferson Preschool will cancel the PM session on these days
~Custodians will leave the second-floor windows open during the evening on days the temperature exceeds 80 degrees.
~One custodian in each building without air conditioning will come in early to open windows on days the temperature outside is 90 degrees or above.
~Keep overhead lights to a minimum when possible.
~Turn off any electronic equipment that is not in use.
~Students will be allowed to bring water bottles to remain properly hydrated throughout the day.
Updated August 25, 2022
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Local superintendents and staff study weather conditions in our districts during the early morning hours to determine if road conditions will allow for reasonable travel by parents and students. Regardless of the decision, we do realize that it may not be the most appropriate for every family. If you, as the parent or guardian, should decide to keep your child home due to the inclement weather, please contact the staff at your school’s office and make them aware of your decision. Phone numbers may be found on each school’s webpage. Also, discourage teenagers from driving in bad weather conditions, take them yourself, or offer alternative transportation. These absences are excused and all work may be made up for full credit.
In making the decision to close or keep schools open, or to call for a Remote Learning Day, the District uses the following guidelines:
1. If possible, traditional school days/emergency closings or Remote Learning Days, will be announced the night prior to the day school will be closed. If this is not possible, the announcement will be made the following morning.
2. At 4:30 a.m. the superintendents in the Quad Cities region usually listen to updated weather reports and road conditions in their school districts. Keep in mind, while regional districts strive to make similar decisions regarding school closures, each district ultimately makes the best decision for their unique district circumstances.
3. By 6 a.m., a decision is reached on whether or not schools should be closed, and if a remote learning day could be used instead of a traditional snow/emergency day. If the decision is to close schools, it will be announced on these communication channels:
~Parent Notification System – Skylert (The goal is to send the call as close to 6 am as possible)
~School District website: www.molineschools.org
Early dismissal due to inclement weather
Please make certain students have a safe and supervised place to go if an early dismissal occurs.
Outdoor weather conditions
If the wind chill crosses to a warning, then school will be cancelled or a Remote Learning Day will be called. If the wind chill is predicted to be an advisory, school will be open.
The criteria for issuing a wind chill advisory and warning (as issued locally by the National Weather Service):
Wind Chill Warning – when wind chills of -30F or below are expected
It is the District’s policy that if the temperature is 10 degrees or lower (including wind chill), students will be kept indoors for recess.
We hope this explanation helps you understand how the Administration makes decisions regarding weather-related school closings. If you have any questions, please contact me at (309) 743-1600 or [email protected].
Dr. Rachel Savage, Superintendent
Parents: The Decision is yours!
Winters in Northwest Illinois often bring snow, ice, cold, and strong winds making it difficult to get around town and to school. In defense of our meteorologists, their predictions must cover a wide viewing audience from Dubuque and Iowa City, IA to the north and west to Peoria and Princeton, IL to the south and east; so it’s not unusual for the storms ‘worst’ to miss us.
When they do occur, the decision to open or close schools is based on the following:
• The municipal street departments can maintain all of the main streets in an acceptable manner.
- Why don’t you close when Iowa and surrounding Illinois districts do?
Unlike the Iowa and neighboring rural districts, Moline (and Rock Island) do not have the same issues with busing students on rural highways and more remote areas where high winds and drifting snow can make roads impassable. Moline also benefits from being mostly landlocked with cities to the north, west and east and the fact that the City of Moline continues to do such a good job of clearing the main streets.
- You’re only keeping schools open because of the money.
Funding from the State of Illinois to school districts is based on the average daily attendance (ADA) of the best three months of the school year. Because of the weather, the winter months are seldom used in those calculations.
- My child will be punished if they don’t come to school on these days.
If a parent or guardian calls in to his/her school, that absence is considered “excused” and all work accepted for full credit.
- Stay home and lose the day’s wages (if they are an hourly worker),
- Take a personal day,
- Vacation day, or
- Leave their child(ren) home alone.
When we are able to keep schools open, EVERY parent has a choice. They can keep their child(ren) home or send them to the care of school staff and administration.
- Does this mean that schools will always be open regardless of the weather?
No, student safety is our first consideration; and there have been a number of times in the past when school was cancelled due to roads that became impassable or as a result of excessively cold, icy or snowy conditions.
- How cold does it have to be to keep students in for recess?
lower (including wind chill), students will be kept indoors.
During the cold weather, please be sure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for outdoor events. Warm coats, gloves, scarves, hats and boots are a good idea in the winter weather. If a student wears only shoes, and no boots, he/she may be asked to stay on the blacktop area of the playground.