I want to take a moment to thank all Westonka families and staff for your flexibility, patience and understanding as we worked to keep our students safe during this extreme weather week. To our transportation staff that worked on buses in the bitter cold, to our custodians who responded to boiler and water line repairs, and to everyone who had to juggle work, child care, schedules and other events this week, I say a heartfelt “thanks.”
Student safety is always our number one priority when making weather-related school closing decisions. Our decision making takes place in consultation with our facilities and transportation directors and the National Weather Service. Although we begin every discussion with the intention to have school, we must act with a focus on the safety of students and staff.
As the extreme cold caused us to miss three days this week, we will be exploring the possibility of making up a missed school day on the previously-scheduled Teacher Professional Day on May 10, 2019. Any change to the district calendar will need to be approved by the Westonka School Board, the next meeting of which is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11. We will share this decision with you as soon as possible so as to allow families to adjust personal schedules.
Again, thank you for supporting us in making student safety a priority this week, and I apologize for any inconvenience caused by our school and program closings. I sincerely hope that we can return to a “normal” Minnesota winter from here on out!