School Closing Procedures
Closing school is among the hardest (and most public) decisions a superintendent has to make. Student safety is always our primary concern. We also consider that students and families rely not only the opportunities and enrichment of education, but on the stability it provides. Additionally, we are fully cognizant that many people count on school being in session for employment and other reasons.
When we suspect weather might be an issue, an intricate process begins "behind the scenes." The previous evening, everyone is put on alert and asked to have their phones with them and to prepare for early communications. At around 4am, SAU and District personnel begin texting and chatting about the road conditions and what will be best for students. We also reach out to road agents and colleagues (other local school decision makers). We closely monitor WMUR, AccuWeather, and other radars; the forecast heavily influences the ultimate decision. At AEMS, the first buses are typically on the road by about 6am and drivers are pre-tripping buses up to an hour before that (depending on the weather). With information and forecasts in hand, the goal is to come to a conclusion about school cancellation by approximately 5:30am. It is a very collaborative and communicative process, but in the end it is the superintendent's decision.
Sometimes forecasts are not correct (a benefit of living in New England) and we have to deal with wintry road conditions. Bus drivers are all very well trained and take every precaution in ensuring student safety. We will continue to strive to make the best decisions we can. Thank you for your understanding and support of AEMS and SAU #46.
School Closing Announcements
Mass Alert Notification - through the District's Student Information System (SIS) - Alma
School Closing Options
The following options may be used for emergency conditions.
AEMS is Closed ('Old-Fashioned Snow Day'):
AEMS campus will be closed for the day, with no classes held. All meetings, field trips, after-school activities are canceled for the day.
AEMS Campus is Closed, School is in Session ('Remote Learning Day'):
See below for details.
AEMS is Open - 2 Hour Delay:
All schools will open two hours later than original start time.
Remote Learning During School Closures
In circumstances where inclement weather compels the SAU to close schools, these closures will serve as a "remote learning" day for students and teachers with two caveats:
If power within any of our communities is an issue, school will be completely "called off."
Additionally, we will seek out opportunities for a "good old-fashioned snow day."
In both cases, a makeup day may be added to the calendar in June.
Each school will craft appropriate schedules and expectations for students, teachers, and parents. Assuming power outages are not widespread or imminent, all schools will engage in remote learning if travel to schools is deemed as unsafe. Students and teachers will participate in various synchronous and supported asynchronous learning activities per the school's schedule.