Weather Related Closures: Second Guessing Is the Common Theme

I have found that a Snow Day was a heck of a lot more enjoyable as a student than as a superintendent. It is almost unfailing that if we have to make a decision to call off school the weather will invariably change for the better 10 minutes after we announce the closure.

Once the road and weather conditions are considered and a final determination is made that conditions are unsafe for student travel the process of notification begins. The decision to close school is determined by reviewing weather reports, the Transportation Supervisor and me driving some of the back roads of our district, and talking with the State and County Road Departments. We also are in communication with University of Idaho officials. If we are still undecided then we go with the concept, “When in Doubt; Sit it Out.”

The notification process begins at around 5:45 am and our goal is to have the last calls made no later than 6:30 am. We use a mass notification system that allows us to notify staff, families, and the media of the closure. We complete this in two disbursements, 1) contacting personnel who are responsible for early morning activities such as bus drivers, food service staff, and custodial and 2) contacting the different media agencies. Shortly thereafter we contact families and staff of the closure, using our mass communication system that allows notification to you by phone and/or email.

It is vital that you make sure your email and home phone numbers are up to date in our PowerSchool program since this is the location used to contact you. If you are not sure if your information is correct please contact your child’s school so that they can update the information as needed.

After these calls end and everyone is notified then a cup of coffee is usually enjoyed as I watch the sun start to break through the black clouds causing the phone to begin ringing.

Your School District Is Planning For the Future

At Moscow School District we have always referred to ourselves as, “The Pride of the North”. With the help of our staff, community, and students we have worked together to develop a school district that is known in Idaho as being one of the best. We know it takes ongoing reviewing, planning, and guided action to allow us to continually improve and we are doing this through a pilot program with the State of Idaho to complete a system-wide accreditation.

We are working with AdvancED services to review stakeholder feedback, student and staff data, and past accomplishments to determine and identify the strengths and weaknesses of our schools and district. Once this information is complete, we will be audited by an outside committee of professionals that will assess our efforts and provide feedback to help us in our desire to provide the best for our community.

 

Moscow School District is No Longer a Hard Hat Zone, Yeah!!!!

Well it’s about time! I’m sure many of you are thinking this as you read this blog. It has been a very long process to get our bathrooms renovated, Bear Den remodeled, windows installed, roofs resurfaced, boilers turned on, electrical and data lines threaded, and playfields developed. However, even with the hardships endured due to the delays and inconvenience, we are grateful for these updates to our facilities. Our students and staff are now in facilities that have updated bathrooms, a gym that meets our needs, windows that actually are transparent, rooms that don’t leak, and wiring to get us ready to make our facilities even more secure. Please take a moment and view the pictures and short video showing some of these new renovations.

Welcome To Our New Website and App!

Welcome to the new Moscow School District website and app. We are excited to introduce these two informative sites. Our goal is to provide our stakeholders with access to the information they need regarding their children, their schools, and the school district no matter if they are sitting home in front of their computers, or on the go.

Working with the folks at Wovax ,one of our new local businesses, they have helped us redesign our sites so that surfing is faster, navigation is more user friendly, and the search engine will search the entire district’s school sites.

Another major change that we are excited about is our very own Moscow School District 281 app. We understand the importance of having accessibility to this information – when you are on the go. Our goal is to keep you informed of the happenings within the district as you go about your business.

To get the App (It’s Free!):

  • For an Apple product you just need to go to the Apple App Store and search for Moscow School District to download.
  • For an Android product you can download the app at the Play Store.

As we move forward with this overhaul of our sites, please check back with us for ongoing changes as the sites become more informative and user friendly.