[HMHS News] HSD Winter Preparation and Safety
schamberlin at hopkintonschools.org
Tue Dec 6 08:29:41 EST 2011
December 6, 2011
I hope you had a good weekend. As we have moved into December, the
purpose of this email is to highlight Hopkinton School District winter
preparation practice and procedures. Let’s hope for a controversial
The School delay and cancellation procedures were reviewed with the
bus company contract manager and the road agent for the Town of
Please make sure youngsters dress warmly. Students should be prepared
for the unforeseen.
The snow day delay/cancellation process begins at 3:00am. Local road
conditions, regional weather patterns, and accident report information
is gathered to make the best decision possible. School districts err
on the side of caution.
The school cancellation or delay decision will be made by
When school is delayed, there is a brief opportunity to convert the
delay to a cancellation if an unpredictable weather change occurs.
(This conversion from a delay to a cancellation has happened twice in
the last 12 years.) The implementation of the automatic call system
will be used to inform families of this decision.
Practices and other events held on snow days will depend on multiple
factors (pm weather conditions, time in season, available resources,
overall school calendar). The decisions will be made collaboratively
with school staff, district administrators, and local officials.
Weather related tardies are excused by schools.
School cancellation or delay information will be sent via email,
broadcast through WBZ Radio, WMUR Channel 9, and WZID/WMLL/WFEA.
During the development of the auto call system, parents/guardians
requested the call system not be used for early morning snow day
announcements. After the recent test, several parents/guardians
requested an early morning call from the call system. To understand
the school community’s preference, a one question survey is available
at the link below. Thank you for your help.
At recent Wellness Advisory Committee and Hopkinton Youth Support Team
meetings, questions arose regarding car seat and bus safety.
Youngsters under six or under 55 inches tall must ride in a federally
approved safety seat or booster.
Youngsters under the age of 18 must wear a seat belt.
Children under the age of 13 should not ride in the front seat.
There is a 25 foot bubble around school busses. Cars should not
encroach on the school bus bubble, especially when busses are loading
or unloading children.
Looking for a different type of exercise this winter, consider the
Winter Wild Series.
This uphill approach to New Hampshire Mountains has received a
commendation from NH’s Governor’s Council on Physical Activity and
Health. There is a school based contest as well. The school with the
highest percent participation receives $2000. Checkout the link below:
Please feel encouraged to contact me at
schamberlin at hopkintonschools.org or 746-5186 if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support.
Steven M. Chamberlin
Superintendent of Schools
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